It’s possible. And I do it.
When I tell people I work on more than one fiction book at a time I always get the same question: How to do you keep the characters straight and make sure they are different?
The key is the ability to put out of sight, out of mind…without losing the ability to dream about the characters and story.
The other day I was walking down the steps to our condo in high heels. My husband and I were on our way out to dinner with friends. As I came down the outside steps my husband said, “you look like you are drunk.”
I laughed and said, “I’m daydreaming about Delaney and Josh.”
He replies, “Who the F are they?” Of course, he knows they are two fictional characters, but one of the ways I working on character development, plotting, and pacing is by constantly visualizing the scenes in my head. I often type notes to myself in my phone so I don’t forget neat things that reveal themselves. I also don’t follow my mind exclusively because as I write, other things are revealed.
I almost always have two books going and sometimes three…
For the last two months I’ve been writing the draft of DEADLY SEDUCTION, which comes out on 23 May, 2017. I’m about 50k into when I got the edits back on TO PROTECT HIS OWN, which comes out on 20 March 2017, so I had to stop the draft and go back to the other book. This is an easy transition for me because its the same world. Both books are in the NY State Trooper series. That said, I have to literally put Josh and Delaney out of my head.
Now, I just got my final Beta Read on THE BUTTERFLY MURDERS and I’m pondering going through that, making a few changes, then get back to DEADLY SECRETS…actually, I just made my decision. The former first because I can do that in a couple of days.
So, I’m really not writing two books at the same time, but I can put a draft on hold to deal with something else, flipping between the characters.
Back to the cave cave…