You've heard of yo-yo dieting, but I've discovered the joy-pain-joy cycle of yo-yo writing.
I have WIP1, which is resting - I love the story, but I'm not sure it should be the next book, I think it would work better as the one-after-next.
So, I brought WIP2 out from under the bed and started to read it, loved it, hated it, tried to re-write it, decided it was perfect as it was, hated it...
... and searched out WIP3... Meh. Yeah, all right, I guess. Needs so much work... hmmm, but if I just take this sub-plot out, tweak this character, change this woman to a man... Oooh, I love this novel... Wait, no I hate it!
Where's WIP2? Great story... No it's not, it's too depressing and doesn't make sense
Am I making too much work for myself, should I just get WIP1 ready to submit?
BUT it's not the right story...
Oooh, that's a great line I've just woken up with in my head. Now, does it fit it WIP 2 or WIP3?
If you're in the middle of working on your most favourite story ever, I salute you - and feel a little jealous. I know I'm pretty lucky to have three great projects available for me to work on (which doesn't even consider the fact I've got another one gathering dust that Hubby thinks I should finish!) but there's something stopping me. I've got this horrible feeling that the stories are too big for me, that I won't be able to do justice to the characters and their plights.