I am currently in the research phase of two different historical fiction novels, and I am eager to do the actual writing, instead of just research. But research is essential and must be done.
My problem: Novel A is the one most research-ready at this point, but Novel B has the character who is calling to me. I hate to put that character on hold while I write another entire novel. She might not be so ready for me when I get back. But I can’t really write her story until I do more research.
Have you ever dealt with a problem like this? Or are you the kind of writer who never works on two projects at the same time? I admit that sounds like the wiser way to proceed, but when the Muse drops an idea (or two) into my head, I have to grab hold.
Novel A is semi-autobiographical and I’ve been toying with it for more than ten years. I have written four or five first chapters for it (all very different), but have not moved further with it. Why have I not yet written that novel? Is there more than the character from Novel B holding me back? Is there something within me that makes me afraid to tell a story that is so much a part of me? Or do I find a character who is part me not interesting enough to follow through with?
I have written one first chapter for Novel B. I like it better than any of my first chapters for Novel A. Is that why I’m more drawn to this story? Or do I like that first chapter more because this is the story I’d rather write?
These are questions I don’t have answers for. Maybe I’ll work on Project C while I decide.