Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What's Next For Me

Late last night, while sitting down for my nightly writing session, I suddenly realized how close I am to finishing this draft. Sure, it's a whole pile of craptastic words, but they are MY craptastic words, every single one of them. I had originally planned on finishing the draft at the end of October (and we don't need a math wizard to figure out how far behind my original deadline I am), so I'm glad to finally see the end.

Well, the end of this round, anyway. I've already started compiling a list of things I need to fix in this manuscript. But right now I just want to get to THE END so I can send the craptastic file off to my agent (so he can point out the craptasticness to me) and I can get to work on a totally new project and let this one sit for awhile.

And what is this new project, you ask?

Beats me.

I've been thinking about reviving my YA ghost mystery, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to do it justice yet. I've also thought about revisiting my steampunk sci-fi fantasy adventure I wrote last year, and taking out the steampunk...and the sci-fi...and the fantasy...okay, and the adventure, too. In other words, I'd pretty much just keep the characters. I'm not sure if I'm ready for that project either.

So I might start something completely different.

Maybe I'll go with that idea I wrote in my Writing for Lazy People series. You know, the one where Mr. Toad eats some magic beans and becomes the Tooth Fairy's assistant.

Yeah. That'll work.

So, how do you decide what to write next?


  1. Depends on if I have an idea or not. You know those authors who have tons of ideas they can't wait to start on? That's not me. Not yet, anyway. I'm going to start the next novel soon, but I have lots of crap to edit, too. I'm thinking I'll work on both revising and writing a new draft at the same time. Nothing like writing new crap to help you feel better about the old crap.

  2. The toad and the magic beans sound terribly fun! I guess, I write down all the things I want to write. Then I write a one liner about each. I pick my favorite!