Editing a manuscript can feel like a black hole, vacuuming up every ounce of your writing time. While it’s an important part of the process, it may not grant the same creative high as writing the first (fun) draft. At least, it doesn’t for me.

After a sob fest with my mother, she suggested I use the Christmas holiday to start something new to refresh my writing energy. I threw a temper tantrum like any mature adult, and then opened my laptop to get crackin’.

Two hours later, I had the concept for my second novel, a character profile, and the first 1,000 words hacked out. I felt exhilarated, and alive. Of course, I’d now like to throw my current manuscript in the trash and start work on THE COLLECTOR, but I realize I owe VANITY the same patience she’s shown me.

So, I’ll keep plugging away on VANITY, and when I feel like I’d rather scratch my eyes out than edit another word (Hello, darkness my old friend), I’ll turn to the first (fun) draft of THE COLLECTOR for a dirty pick-me-up.

Try it out. What could it hurt? Your just-for-fun-manuscript-while-you-work-on-your-bestseller…just might turn out to be your bestseller.

Love you guys! Keep writing!