It’s past time I started my next story. It’s a short one, only 1,000 words – a pre-course story for my novella writing module this summer. I know what I want to write about, and planned to do it while traveling around Israel. But I was living in the moment of traveling instead, and have less than a page of plot notes written while away. Now, here I am, writing about what I should be writing about, instead of just writing it.
The novella is going to be another research-intensive experience which I am really looking forward to, and my pre-course assignment is a story about one of my novella characters, so essentially a small story within the greater story. It’s a good thing I have a deadline and word limit or else this could go on for awhile.
But I am also distracted, because while in Acre/Akko, I had another story idea. Another potential novel/novella length story that requires quite a bit more research. Can I work on two at once? It feels like a bad idea… though of course I can to a point, right? I feel very strongly that both these stories need to be told, eventually. And am a bit scared of losing my grasp on one by focusing on the other.
Any advice, or experience, from fellow writers on this kind of problem?