I tend to be a little manic about completing rough drafts once I start writing them. This probably comes from the book I spent twenty years unsuccessfully writing. I repeatedly started revising it before completing the rough draft and eventually had to give the whole thing an ignoble burial.
But sometimes the process is messing. In the case of my current WIP, the process is complicated by the existence of a previous book in the series and the plans for a following book. Yep, it’s a trilogy. Worse, this one breaks a few rules by covering the same ground as the first.
So, the night before yesterday I surprised myself by hitting the end of the book. This is quite a few words less than I anticipated. I can easily make up the difference, though, if I go back to a part of the book I skipped over during NaNoWriMo. But to do so, I would have to go back to the first book, and if I do that I’ll get sucked into revising it.
Normally I wouldn’t hesitate. I’d just go for it. But this series isn’t one anyone is looking for. It’s a little detour that I indulged in when I really, really need to work on revising books I intend to get published soon.
What would you do? Stick with this book including the revision of the first, or switch back to the ones you were supposed to be working on in the first place?