Get your mind out of the gutter! Not that kind of affair!
The thing is... *sigh*
The thing is that I'm developing a new story and... I must confess, I'm falling in love with her... *eyes get misty*
It doesn't mean that I don't love my other stories. I do. They're all special.
It's not them, it's me. It always is...
I'm pitching Aces, while giving Rocky Peak a make-over... but the new one is... you know. New.
I hope they'll forgive me. In the end, if I love the story, and have the talent needed to pull it off, then it'll benefit all of them.
I feel that loving your story is critical. Your love and passion will translate into a story that will pick up the reader and take them through the roller-coaster ride you've written. You need to be head-over-heels with the story. You need to feel the ache, the longing to write more words. You need to feel justified when you don't sleep, or eat lunch. You need to feel it so strongly that time away from the story is time away from your once-in-a-lifetime love.
Am I being overly dramatic? Maybe.
But the reality is that from the day you start writing the first word of the story, to the day that it hits the shelves, you will have read your manuscript a few dozen (or hundred) times. Think of your all-time favorite book. How many times have you read it? Five, ten?
If you don't have a passion for your story, you'll get sick of her, before she's had the chance to evolve and shine into the beauty you know she will become. And that's not fair to the story that is trying so hard to break free from your head and onto the page.
What's your relationship with your stories? And how do you create separation between yoru "other" stories?
Fight the good fight!