I'm kind of glad that circumstances forced me into this change of plans. I learned something about myself and the writing process. I discovered that it's actually easier to plot and plan when I'm not as invested in the characters and the story.
Don't get me wrong. I'm excited to be writing again, and I'm certainly no less invested in turning out a quality product! I'm just not as... picky.
With the current story, it was easier to make decisions because I'm not in that "OMG, I love these characters!' and 'It has to be PERFECT!' mindset. It just has to be good. Does that make sense?
I know the more an author writes, the faster he or she gets, but I think this plays a role, too. Though I don't think I could ever turn out a finished book every month or two, I'm beginning to see how authors who write to the market do it so prolifically.
Someone posted a question about writing curse words the other day. It made me think of this. Enjoy.
Have you discovered things about writing you didn't expect?