I was recently asked a not so unusual question...which is why it probably put me into a paroxysm of indecision. At first, I was sure I knew the answer. But then...then the doubts arose and I wondered why I was so sure.
You see, someone asked me which of my manuscripts is my favorite, most publishable, piece of work.
My mind immediately ran to the last ms I wrote, which is hands down my favorite. I loved the characters, they had strong conflicts, they were utter smart-alecks and they were crafty. There's just something about intelligent characters that can really get a writer hopped up. For the first time, the book seems to have everything--characters, motivations, conflicts, depth and the real miracle...PLOT.
But is it my favorite because it's the last thing I wrote? The last complete thing?
Is it my favorite because the writing elements seem to have come together for the first time in my life? Is that more important than the characters inside?
What about the story with the virgin out to drive the town wild? Or the tomboy cum hot chick out to get her best friend? Didn't I love those? Don't I still? Are mss really like our children and we love them equally? Or is that another lie our mother's tell us "for our own good"?
How do you go about picking your favorite piece of work to pitch or just to answer a simple question from a friend?