I’m having fiction vs. non-fiction issues right now, as I squirrel away at a fiction project and conveniently ignore both my own non-fiction idea and one which my publisher just sent me. My excuses for this are as follows:
- The busy fall has left me tired, and I’m enjoying the freedom to work on what I want, when I want, with no deadlines.
- If I get involved in a non-fiction project, it’s going to take over my mind and my fiction is going to get kicked back into the waiting room.
- I have another fiction idea, which I can’t start until I finish the current project. Then there’s the old project which needs to be re-re-revised. The waiting room is crowded.
The problems are as follows:
- I get paid for writing non-fiction, which is not always the case with fiction. Getting paid is a good thing.
- I have problems saying “no” to my publisher. I get to the “n” part and “no” somehow turns into “n…ot unless I can write half the manuscript in bubble letters” and she says okay and then I’m committed.
Hmmm… this is three “nays” for non-fiction and only two “yays,” by my count.
I’m glad we had this talk.