Last night at critique group, I sent my group the first chapter of a new manuscript, which I’m tentatively calling ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE. It’s a first draft and so of course they gave me all sorts of feedback on what to change. But overall, they were excited about the idea.
Well, I’m excited about the idea too. And the fact that they liked it totally stroked my ego.
I’ve been doing research for this manuscript, writing out summaries, notes, etc. And the more work I do, the more excited I get. So much that I could totally see myself completely forgetting about MELISMA just to dive in to this new project. MELISMA just doesn’t sound as exciting anymore.
Except when I really think about it. And realize, Wait, wait, wait, I am excited about it. It’s good. I want to try to get it published. The story is a good one. I love my characters. I can’t just move on and leave it!
This is why I never wanted to work on two projects at once.
So I’ve decided that I have to treat my manuscripts like a romantic relationship. The beginning is all swoons and excitement. The newness of it, the wondering about where it’s going to go, makes it consume your every thought. But as time goes on, you get to see its flaws and the newness wears off. You still love it, but some of the excitement tends to fade. You have to consciously make an effort to “keep the magic alive.”
In this romance, absence is not making the heart grow fonder. I’m going to bring back the spark! Work on my manuscript! And stop having affairs with my other manuscript for weeks at a time!*
How do you keep yourself excited about your manuscript while in the middle of your one millionth and a half revision? 🙂
*Although I must admit that after my little fling with ATWAS, I’ve gotten the first draft excitement out of my system for a while. And while I don’t recommend cheating in your love life, maybe with writing it can be a good thing for a week or two.