Favourite Child Syndrome; Loving one writing project more than the others.
November 12, 2012 8 Comments
I never thought I’d succumb to this. I thought I was better than this, but with three WIP’s on the go, each in a different genre, I’m pretty sure it was bound to happen. I have developed a strong fondness for one WIP over the others. I feel embarrassed and I’m sure I’ve hurt some character’s feelings, but it wasn’t like I did it on purpose. It kind of…evolved.
I’m not one for favouritism in real life. I think it’s cruel and demeaning, but I can’t help it when one project speaks to me so much more than the others! I work on the favourite last as a way to force myself to work on the other two and make progress with them. This way there’s a nice satisfaction after I’ve written a thousand words on the ‘favourite’. For me, it’s like watching TMZ at the end of the day. A nice reward.
What is so appealing about this one WIP? Do I want this world I’m creating to be real? To actually exist so I can stroll through and get a real sense of what it’s like to live there? If anything it’s more dangerous than the worlds of my other two WIPs, so what’s the attraction?
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike the other projects, far from it, so you can understand my confusion when I became obsessed with this one group of characters. I’m putting the MC through hell right now, so I doubt the feeling is mutual and I know, once the others are complete I’ll be ever so excited about them again, but for now, my thoughts, my desires lie solely with this WIP.
Does this happen to you? How did you deal with it?