I’ve always wanted to write what I myself would like to read. I like fiction. But my first book, Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story turned into a non-fiction memoir about my life as an army kid, air Force wife, hockey mom, and now retiree to my kids’ hometown of Aylmer, Quebec. It was fun to write, in fiction-style, like a storybook. It’s been well-received and readers who like it are even asking for more. I’m a happy new author!
Now my dilemma. I started to write a new book, an historical fiction; a really, really historical, as in prehistoric even, fiction. It’s exactly the kind of book I like to read. Long, character and action-driven, with generational, continuing storylines throughout long time periods. Fun to write, complex; hard work even. It’s a challenging process to write a book like this. Research, organization, long-term views. The dilemma?
I’ve also started to write a different kind of new book. Short story style, true stories – not unlike my first book, Camp Follower! It’s funny, it’s sharp, it’s easy to write, and the stories are just flowing out of my head to paper (I mean to screen, I use the computer to write 😉
Again, what’s the dilemma? Am I confused about which book to write? I think I can resolve it. I know that as a reader, I will often read more than one book at a time; depending on my mood, I’ll pick up one or the other. Or I’ll read one in a certain context: one for the bus or for breaks at work; another for home; another for vacation. So why can’t I write more than one book at a time? I’ll write what I want, when I want. Right now, the short stories are filling my mind, so I’ll write them. The long fiction novel will percolate and erupt from time to time, and I’ll write those inspiring bits of that larger puzzle when it does.
How about you, fellow readers? Do you read more than one book at a time? And fellow writers, don’t you find you have more ideas than time to write them? Just like my “to read” pile. Isn’t life just full of dilemmas anyway? In a wonderful way, though, right? 🙂