Every time I’ve worked on a new novel (five completed: one binned; one on submission; two published and one forthcoming this year) I’ve always put other projects such as my poetry and short stories on hold, in order to focus on such a mammoth task. Researching, planning and writing a minimum of 70,000 words for a novel is no easy feat and in the past, I always prioritised whatever story idea grabbed me at that time.

Occasionally there were times when I stopped a novel partway through to focus on another novel, if the idea excited me more. But not until now have I been equally enthusiastic about two novel projects at once, couldn’t decide which to do, and started both simultaneously. Maybe excited isn’t the right word; crazy might be more apt, right? I’d love to know if anyone reading this has had a similar experience and begun two novel projects. How did you find it?

To be honest, I thought that one or the other would grab me more and so I outlined a few chapters for each, did my library research, and got stuck into typing both. I’m now at 4000 words for novel WIP#5 and 8000 for novel WIP#6. I guess I’ll keep going with both and see if one powers ahead of the other. After all, they’re both part of the supernatural series I’m working on, with part 1 due for release later this year, and all have a similar horror theme set in Northern Ireland. I’ll keep you updated.

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/75c5a1ad6956/leilanie-stewart-author-info

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