Happy Friday and Welcome to my first post in the 52 Week Challenge! This week’s topic asks what is my favorite thing I’ve written… and why?
This is a tough one for me and looking back, it’s almost impossible to pick one story over the other because when it comes down to it, the short answer to this question is that the story I am writing *right now* is my favorite.
And no, I don’t mean that my current WIP is the best. Actually, I mean that when I sit down and throw myself into a new project, that project is all-consuming and I consider it the best and most exciting thing I’ve ever written. That enthusiasm is what keeps me writing even when the newfound love sours and the current project loses its luster.
Just like in a relationship, sometimes you have to keep looking for ways to recreate the magic. Doting on stories past won’t do it. I think if I spent too much time telling myself a story I’d already finished was my favorite then I might not be as motivated to keep going on the new one.
But of course, I do have stories that carry a special place in my heart. The Between World is the first book I published and I’ll never forget the feeling of holding the paperback in my hands and knowing it was my own creation. Priceless! Even though it isn’t the best thing I’ve written, it was my first and so it will always share space on the “favorites” list.
Then there is the short story I wrote for a competition in 2016 called Port of Entry. Not only did that story surprise me as I wrote it but it surprised me again when it was chosen out of many to propel me into the second round of the competition. I needed that boost of confidence.
And of course, there is the story I have attempted to write on and off for about twenty years. It’s taken various shapes and forms but because I’ve never been truly satisfied with the effort, it still only lives in my imagination. One of these days it will find its way out into the world, I’m sure of it. When that happens, who knows, it may be my favorite!
Or perhaps my favorite will be one I’ve not even conceived yet. I’m hoping I have many years of writing left ahead of me and I’m excited about all the possibilities I can explore with each new project I delve into.
So for the time being, I shall return to my current favorite project – the work-in-progress going on at the keyboard right now as we speak about a girl destined to save the world from an alien invasion. Stay tuned. 😉
Want to learn what other authors are saying about their favorites? Check out the MFRW 52 Challenge Blog for the linky list of participating authors.
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I think a hazard of being an author is falling in love with each book. The one we’re writing at the moment is our favorite… until we start the next one.
That’s a good point, Helen, and it also means that when the current book starts to feel unexciting, it’s too easy to fall in love with the next one too soon… something I’m guilty of doing often. Just found your comment was automatically filtered into my spam. Sorry about that. I fixed it today. 🙂
I love all my books too, but I had no trouble choosing a favorite based largely on how easy it was to write.
Yes, I imagine that would help. 🙂
Hello, Stephanie! Thanks for sharing and welcome to the Hop!
That new project is like the ‘honeymoon’ phase of a relationship. It’s new and fresh and you’re learning about the characters and their world. It’s the exciting time in the writing process (for me) before entering what I call editing hell. LOL
Happy New Year and welcome to the hop.
Ah yes, that exactly! Thank you and Happy New Year to you, too. 🙂