I saw the phrase “side piece” in a book I was reading, and at first, I thought it was a euphemism for a gun, but it’s actually slang for a girlfriend. I learn something new every day. Anyway, I thought I’d blog a little about side pieces in my writing — the stories I have an affair with when I’m writing my books.
I’m working on two manuscripts at once. Well, not exactly at once. I stopped writing one book to focus on another. And then I took a hiatus from one book to work on a short story and when I don’t dabble on my short story, I write fanfiction for fun and gratification (I post my fanfiction online and people often say lovely things about it).
Why do I do this to myself? I guess to keep my work interesting. I’m a bit ADD about writing. I firmly believe that any writing I do is worthwhile — counts toward my 10,000 hours and all that. The fanfiction can be written in an afternoon and scratches a storytelling itch. I get a bit of inspiration from my fandom. I jot it down. I post it. I get comments. I feel ecstatic. That’s a bit of a dalliance, isn’t it? My short story is an experimental piece of writing. I’m using present tense, first-person point of view and I’ve established a darker and sexier tone than I normally utilize. Despite being a YA mystery, it feels quite grown up and I’m excited about it. Meanwhile, my two manuscripts, both half-drafted, are hanging out on my laptop awaiting my return. To be honest, I needed a breather from them. I can’t appreciate them when I feel chained to them all the time.
Do you work on side pieces? Can you juggle multiple projects at once? It’s probably not ideal, but it sure keeps my interest.