Long post here, but I need to work this out. I need help. Be my shrink.
My mind is being torn apart by two separate thought processes. As you all know, I have been working on revising a YA epic fantasy novel that has yet to be named, but I refer to it as Tristan. Anyway, I love Tristan, he’s my baby. He’s the first novel I ever completed. However, I still have a ways to go on the editing. *sigh* It’s taking longer than I thought. And, lately, I have been reading about how the market for epic fantasy is shrinking.
I have also been questioning myself as to whether or not Tristan is just a little cliche in it’s concept. In a nut shell: A boy discovers that he is one of four special guardians who protect the borders of the lone magical nation.
I really tried to shake things up a bit. There are many things that are unique, but sometimes I have this nagging thought that an agent will only see the somewhat familiar concept and deem it cliche. And then send a form rejection letter.
Here’s the shake up. In recent weeks I have been cooking an idea for a new novel. This idea is, if I do say so myself, dynamite. YA still, but contemporary and much more light hearted. I’ll call her Newy. I LOVE the concept. It’s pretty unique. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it.
And, here’s the big thing: Newy is much more marketable than Tristan. I have a pretty good idea of where I am going with it, so I think I could write her pretty fast. Obviously, however, she is still just an idea scribbled out on several pages of my Moleskine. Not a single word actually written. Not even a plot outline.
So, there are two different people in my head, and they are constantly battling over control of my thoughts.
Judy: Ditch Tristan. It’s good, but just not marketable right now. You are wasting time editing a novel that will never get published. Look, we all love him. He taught us a lot. So, let’s consider him as your practise novel. The novel that taught you how to write a novel.
Work on Newy. She’s really good, and so much more marketable. Also, now that you’ve worked through the process of writing, you could get her out fast. Strike now, while the iron is hot. Use your precious little writing time to work on something that could really be published.
Jody: Hey, hey, calm down here. You are just letting your nerves get to you. Tristan is a really good story. True, you have work to do, but not that much. If you focus your efforts, you can finish edits by July, send it to your readers, revise again in August, and have queries out by September.
If you start Newy, you won’t even have the first draft done by September. Just wait. You can start Newy as soon as you begin querying Tristan. Newy will still be just as marketable, and just as good in a few months.
Don’t throw away all of the work you have done. Don’t give up. You’re so close. You are just freaking out right now. Even if Tristan is not as marketable, even if he doesn’t get published, it will still be a really good experience for you to complete the editing process and send out queries. You will learn a lot. So, just stay the course, and you will be glad that you did.
The trouble is, a different times, each one of them seems to ring true, as my “writer’s intuition” speaking to me. Moments when Judy is in control, I feel really strongly that I should put Tristan in a drawer for now. But, when Jody is in control, I am equally passionate about finishing Tristan and getting him out onto the market.
WHO IS RIGHT????? I don’t know. I don’t know what to do. All I know is this: my writing time is very limited. I don’t think I can work on both simultaneously. But, maybe I can. I just don’t know anything. I feel so confused. HELP!!!!!!!!!!