If you're going to stop one project to jump into another...think about if first. Obviously, right? But make sure it's the right thing to do at that time.
About six months ago, I was in the middle of one WIP when an idea for another book smacked me in the side of the head. It was an awesome idea and it Wouldn't. Leave. Me. Alone. I had to write it down. Sadly, that meant putting a hold on WIP #1.
Biggest mistake--I didn't write all the important points down before I switched. Ugh!
So, if you are going to put a writing freeze on a project that you know you want to go back to, here's my must-do list before you make the change.
#1. Write down everything you need to know about the main plot line.
#2. Write down everything you need to know about the subplots.
#3. Write down the tie-in connection to any foreshadowing.
#4. Give a full description about each character, especially how they act and why they act the way they do.
#5. Record anything that you need to about the setting.
#6. If you have any magical tendencies or other paranormal strangenesses (yes, I just used that word), be sure to write them ALL down.
Because if you don't, you'll be just like I was when I finally went back to mine. Lost. Totally and completely. Even after I reread the first half of the book, there were still important pieces missing. But, knowing that I wanted to finish it, even if that meant adapting to my mistake, it was still important enough to me that I am doing it.
Have any of you done this? Is there anything else you would add to the must-do list?