Hello, All! Today is the first Wednesday of the month so you know what that means: another installment of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Writers from all over unite to unfurl our fears and insecurities uponst the world. You should join us!
And if you missed it yesterday, IWSG cohost and poet Lidy Wilks kicked off her blog tour right here on Quanie Talks Writing. I hope you’ll check out her post on how she’s been building her platform as a poet and enter the giveaway for her poetry chapbook, Can You Catch My Flow?
So. Here I am on this lovely 2nd of March, pulling my hair out over what novel to write next. Last week I wrote about the horror novel in progress that probably needs a switch in POV (as awesome blogger Diedre Knight brilliantly suggested), but that novel isn’t necessarily next in the que, if you Netflixers get what I mean. Writing is a lot like dating; you go out for coffee a few times and realize that even though you kinda sorta like the manuscript, you’re not exactly ready to commit, and then you abandon it (or stop calling, whatever your process may be), only to wonder several months later, “I wonder what’s going on with that first person narrative paranormal story about the guy with the missing toe? I wonder how he’s doing? I should totally check in.”
Well, that’s how it’s been for me. Lots of hits and misses these days (and a dream the other night about a possible sequel to The New Mrs. Collins). And to make matters worse? All of these story ideas are…good! And that’s my problem. It’s like trying to choose your favorite child. They’re all my favorites!
I’ve been racking my brain about this and I’ve asked myself some questions to try to come to a solution:
- What makes sense in terms of a follow up to my upcoming release? Based on that particular book, what might readers want to see next?
- What book is the most “ready” of the bunch?
- Of all the ideas that I have, what’s the “best” one? (The hardest question to answer.)
- Of all the ideas that I have, what might be the easiest project to tackle (I ask myself this as my muse laughs like Darth Vader in the background).
- The worst question of them all: which book is the most “commercially viable”? This is something that no one knows the answer to. I could totally write the novel about the guy with the missing toe and if it skyrockets on the best seller’s list, publishers will be asking you all for stories about hunters with no big toe. Nobody can call it!
These questions are a good place to start (even though some of the answers conflict), but my biggest issue is something that I’ve touched on here before: the fact that I unintentionally write in multiple genres. This isn’t something I do because I get bored and like to switch it up; my muse has a wicked sense of humor and GNFs (gives no f*cks) about me building a loyal audience by writing and publishing books in the same genre. Nope. My muse is gangsta like that. In fact, after I’ve written a romantic comedy, southern paranormal, and mystery/suspense (upcoming), my muse is now trying to get me to write a dystopian novel, because as I’ve said, GNFs.
So that’s where I am, you guys. Spinning my wheels and dealing with this huge bout of what to write next-itis. Any suggestions for me? How do you guys deal when you’re not certain which project to tackle next? What are some things that help you decide? I’d love to hear your thoughts!