One of my aims for this year was to stop using the word "should" when it came to my writing. I used to make myself lists of projects, with the sense that this was what I should be working on, for whatever reason. I should write this sequel, I should finish this short story...I thought it was a way of keeping myself on track, but it never worked like that, because I'd look at the list, think ugh, no, and do something else. Or nothing else, because I'd feel bad about not sticking to my self-imposed shoulds and just freeze up entirely. If I wasn't sticking to that list of projects, I was failing, because I wasn't doing what I should.
And this year I thought, well, fuck that, I'll do what I want.
But I like to think I've learned a few things about myself since then. Rather than succumb to that feeling that I'm failing at Wolf's Hunt somehow, I've switched projects to a little paranormal romp featuring shapeshifters and two reunited lovers (who hate each other a little bit right now).
Changing genres is often a good way for me to keep the creative gears moving, and it means I'm not beating myself up over not working on what I should be working on. I have to remember that it's okay to move the goalposts - the end game is still the same. Keep writing. Keep creating.