Cheating on my Novel

by Nicole Marie Schreiber
Published on: March 23, 2014
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I am currently cheating on my middle grade historical with a contemporary YA.

I’m not sure if this is anything serious, yet. I thought I would give the YA a two-three month trial just to see how things pan out.  It feels right to be doing this, even though I’ve had a goal to finish my middle grade for a long, long, time.

The affair started back at the beginning of February, during an overnight retreat with my Scrivas.  This YA idea has been brewing for some time within me– slowly taking over not only my brain but my entire being.  It will not let up.  I had to do something about it, so I decided to take the YA idea out on a date of sorts, literally an overnight date on the retreat.  (Edgy for a first date, I know…)

Twenty-something pages later, I knew this new idea wasn’t going to be easily pacified like so many others that I’ve been attracted to while trying to write my current middle grade.  Those ideas were easily satisfied with being “written down and filed away,” but not this YA one.  This new one is demanding, relentless, and needs immediate attention, so I am giving it a couple of months.  I don’t know if it’s the right thing to do, and I know cheating on my middle grade sounds absolutely crazy since I have been working on finishing it for so long, but I have to get this YA out of my brain before I can get back to my other one.

The clock is ticking…

Has this happened to any of you?  If so, how did you deal with it?


Happy Writing!


-Nicole Marie Schreiber



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