My mind jumps all over the place. One second I can be thinking about what I’m going to cook for dinner, and the next, I’m remembering that time in my fifth grade class when my teacher accidentally gave me the wrong math test. There is always a reason why my mind jumps from topic to topic, and it makes perfect sense to me, but when my husband asks me “What’s for dinner?” and my response is “I always was good at math. . .” it’s understandable why he gets a little confused and thinks I’ve lost my mind.
I don’t know if this is normal or not for a writer, but it’s the way I’ve always been. My mind continuously makes leaps and bounds instead of staying on one topic. This can mean trouble if it takes me too long to write a book. I can’t stay focused on one plotline.
It’s for this reason that I tend to write series or chapters, or even mere teasers. I have to write what my mind wants to write, when it wants to write it. Otherwise I lose momentum and passion – two things that my writing requires.
I’ve gotten a lot of comments recently about how people don’t like chapter books – they want the full novel. I understand that and I wish I was a quicker writer so that I could complete all these ideas swimming around in my brain as they occur, but my fingers can’t keep up with my mind. So I publish what I have written just to feel like I’ve accomplished something. I can’t spend ten years on ever book I write like I did with The Two Lands: Return. I would go insane trying to focus for so long on only one story.
So that is what has been on my brain all week. Not only because of comments made in reviews or in messages to me, but also because my brain has switched its focus from Hollow Towns (which it’s supposed to be working on) and instead is writing about Rehab for Superheroes. I’m hoping if I finish one more chapter in it, then I can refocus on Hollow Towns. But we’ll see what happens. The mind, at least my mind, is usually unpredictable. So I never know what’s going to happen or what course my brain is going to take. I’m sort of just along for the ride.