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My name is Ray Pace and I am a young novelist looking to get published. However, I often wonder whether or not I should work on more than one novel at once. Sometimes I find myself unable to think of something for one novel, at which point I feel like working on another idea I have. Is this wise?

Thank you for your time.

Ray, I think it's a great idea.  I do it, myself.

Often, you do reach a place where you get stuck.  And I've often found that working on something else will help get my creativity flowing again on the first one.

One thing, though... I always make sure the two novels are very different.  That way, I'm at no risk of inserting similar ideas or themes into both at the same time.  You don't want all your books to be alike!

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Vincent M. Wales


I am a speculative fiction novelist (fantasy, science fiction, and so on). While I may be able to answer questions on non-fiction, my specialty is fiction. Please keep that in mind when asking questions.


For four years, I taught a series of fiction writing classes in Sacramento, CA.

BA in fiction writing.

Awards and Honors
My 2004 novel, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, won BEST FICTION in Fresh Voices 2006, BEST FICTION and BEST YA FICTION in the NCPA Book Awards, and placed as a finalist in BEST BOOKS 2005. In 2002, my novel WISH YOU WERE HERE won awards for Best Fantasy and Best Fiction/Drama in the 8th Annual SPA Awards. My latest work is a trilogy titled THE MANY DEATHS OF DYNAMISTRESS (a superhero memoir). The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2013 and won the SF category in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival, took second place in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the SF/Fantasy/Paranormal category, second place in the SF category of the 2013 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards, and was finalist in Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards, Fantasy category. The second book, REDEMPTION, will be released in early 2015 and the final book, RENAISSANCE, is scheduled for release in late 2016.

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