Yes, I agree — I am NOT Dr. Seuss, but multiple drafts of multiple projects (short stories, novels, novellas, etc.) sometimes make me feel like I’m living in an odd Seuss-ian juggling act. It’s a one fish, two fish for writers.
Right now there’s a novel in COLD STORAGE. One Beta reader loved it; another said that it was not working. The reality is most likely in-between the two poles, but that is simply not good enough. After spending the better part of a year on the tight draft (of my third outing on this basic story) I didn’t have the heart to dive in again. I need distance and time in order to be ready for the next outing with this crazy tale.
That’s why I’m trying to plod along slowly with a new mystery novel—one that is plotted and outlined in a three-act format to maximize the suspense. This kind of methodical writing makes my head hurt, so while I’m plodding and plotting, my zany side is churning out short stories—and bits and pieces of short stories— in the fluid write-on-the-fly style that is my comfort zone. (Yes, I’m more comfortable when I don’t know where I’m going… hehehehe)
That’s what brought everything to a halt long enough for me to try a dramatic monologue. I loved writing it. I loved reading it out loud (like an actor) and I hope to do something with it (and a real actor) soon. The anthology folks at Transylvania University rejected it, while giving me solid encouragement. They liked it (they really liked it!) but it didn’t fit the criteria for the anthology/performance schedule as closely as I thought. Rules and me… we do not always get along.
So this circles us back to one draft, two draft, read draft, toss draft and start all over again. Seuss understood the writing process!