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It's like having your dessert before dinner.
Now let me get the story straight: I've learned that for me personally, I need to work on just one project at a time. Have to, have to, have to. Otherwise I get an attack of plot bunnies and nothing ever gets done. (How much gets done when I am working on just one story is neither here nor there.)
A good back burner story is more than just a battery-recharger, though... it can also be GREAT inspiration. Because if you're mega excited about the thing you get to write NEXT, it can be big inspiration to actually get there, too!
So don't feel bad if you cheat on your WIP with your back burner story every once in a while... it may be just the thing you need to keep you motivated! At least, that's my opinion. ;)
Do you have a back burner story? How do you deal with it?
graduated with a Literature degree from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara. She has worked as a freelance writer and as an editor for Drollerie Press, and she is the co-founder of Type Set, Inc, an editing and formatting service. She’s currently working on a YA fantasy novel, but in the meantime she publishes a new short story for free every other Friday at Tales From the Hollow Tree, a fiction blog she shares with author Isabelle Santiago.