My dad was teaching me how to play Texas Hold 'em Poker yesterday. I knew the fundamentals before we started, but was sorely lacking in the finer points. After an hour of watching him patiently kick my a*% and strip me of all my cash, I gave up, told him I would stick to playing Go Fish with the kids. He laughed, gave me back my money, and imparted this advice: "Every hand is a winner, Trisha. You just got to know which card to play."
Hmm . . . he's right. In more ways then one.
I have four manuscripts sitting in front of me -- two done, one 10,000 words from completion, and one only 3,000 words deep. Each one of those has the potential to be a masterpiece, can be crafted into a literary work that I am proud to put my name to. The trick is knowing which one to attack first, which character's point of view to write it from, and which threads to toss out. I will weigh my options, look at the market, and try to gauge what the smartest move to make is. Then I'll gamble, pull one of those manuscripts to the forefront, pour my heart and soul into re-shaping it, and hope it was the right card to play.