Lately, I’ve been working on multiple projects. No really? Anyone who knows me is not the least bit surprised. Given my to-do list, working on a variety of things each day is a must.
That’s no problem when I’m working on nonfiction. That’s because the voice in nonfiction is largely my own. Whether I’m explaining to a group of writers how to get their debut novel into an editor’s hands or telling a parent how to take their children through a writing exercise, I write it the way I would tell them how to do it face-to-face.
But lately, in addition to my nonfiction, I’ve been working on two or three fiction projects at a time — a middle grade novel (magical realism), a young adult novel (fantasy) and a young adult short story (contemporary). Each of the main characters has a distinct voice, which is a good thing. But given how different each of these pieces is from the others, moving from one voice to another has been difficult.
Read about how I finally solved this problem on the Muffin.