What to write next – the process and the journey

Sometimes I seem a little scatterbrained.  According to my wife, sometimes I seem like I’m not even there at all.  Well, my wife is right.  Sometimes I’m not even there – I’m far away in a distant land where magic, sorcery, politics, and intrigue are different and exciting.  I’m discovering and creating new friends, new worlds, and new characters.  That’s how I writing too.

The first thing I do when I finish a manuscript is to start something new.  Some people will take a vacation, but I have to start something new.  The newness, the idea generating, the world building, finding new characters, new ideas, new ways of looking at things – that is what intrigues me in writing.

This also leads to why I work multiple projects at the same time.  If you look at my “current projects” page you will see I am always either working on worldbuilding a project or else actually writing in multiple projects at the same time.  Why?  Because my writing stays fresh and I personally stay intrigued when I skip from project to project.  Case in point – I started Killian’s Flight four times now.  When I get to the point where I am hitting a wall, I switch to another project until I hit a wall with that.  Often, the solutions to the project I left behind will present themselves when I’m working on something else.  I use my time most wisely when I skip to something else for a while.

So if you’ve hit a wall with your writing, don’t despair.  This may just be the perfect opportunity to try something new, recharge the old creative batteries, and find the solutions eluding you in your current project.

 

Update on Sands of the Sharani

Sands has completed the developmental edits and is in the process of completing a few rounds of substantive and copy edits.  I received word today that the cover is almost completed!  Yay!  I’m very excited to see it and have fun with the cover reveal activities.  I’ll start posting some new content/sketches for the novel over the next few weeks.

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5 thoughts on “What to write next – the process and the journey

  1. I just learnt this myself today, my writing has slacked off until I realised by writing lots of short stories on the side I was improving the quality of my novel writing. I’m a writer btw, I’ve got my new blog with quite a few short stories in it, and I’m working on a novel. I’d be eternally grateful if you took the time to maybe check me out. I’ve followed your blog. Thanks I really appreciate it 🙂

    • Thank you for stopping by. Everything we write improves what comes next, or at least provides us with insight on what we don’t want to do again 🙂 I will certainly stop by your blog as well. Thanks for the follow.

    • Cannot wait to hear some feedback from you 🙂 Anything good or bad is appreciated 🙂

  2. Good advice!

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