When my editor sent me a second round of revisions on The Gossamer Gate, I somehow managed to work my way through them with clarity and now the manuscript is in the hands of the copy editor. Phew!
While I wait for her to pronounce sentence (pun intended) on the novel, I *also* know that I could hear from my editor from Eternal any day now regarding Heart & Fire.
Heart & Fire is intended as the first book of a trilogy, though it easily stands on its own. Now that leaves me with this question:
Do I work on the story that is meant to be the second book of the trilogy, and is between 1/3 and 1/2 done, or do I step back and focus on something else?
I don't know about other writers, but I do better with distancing myself from a project until that distinct, separate aspect of it that makes it a series is complete. After all, what if substantial edits are suggested/requested? That might alter the world to some extent, and render the work on book two useless or pointless.
Personally, I don't expect there to be a problem in that regard, but I still feel that need to step away, since I was so immersed in the world of Heart & Fire for quite some time.
What do you do when you have projects in the editing and/or proofreading stage, and either know that more is expect of you or you simply want to write more? What is your preference?
At the moment, I am working on the first draft of another story intended to introduce a trilogy. However, I will most certainly return to the projects that I am expected to complete first.
Did I make any sense tonight? *sniffles and sips her tea*
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