Ack! Nothing like being in the middle of a WIP (work in progress) when you get the call to work on another story...or do edits...or start promoting a book coming out.
This time it's edits taking me away from my book, but I don't mind. Really, I don't. However, if it was for something like "Run down to Lowe's with me. They have plywood on sale.", I would definitely have second thoughts.
But the edits have a purpose, and I truly want to make my work better looking. And this time the break gave me enough of a mental breather to look through my hard drive to see what I had still stewing in the pot. I counted them.
Five. Five books either started or outlined. One is a mere four chapters away from completion (at 40K+ words!) Of the five, 3 are stand-alones, but the other 2 are sequels.
Am I alone in this? Am I the only author who, once she gets destracted from the plot, ends up working on something else and not finishing what she was originally writing? From listening to other authors, most of what I "hear" is that once they start, they finish. "I did this story for NoRoMo, and I'm polishing it up to submit." "I got this great idea, and I'll be subbing it pronto!"
Hopefully, it's not just me. :)