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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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Returns

So, my life has been kinda crazy over the last few months – when is it not though?  I really should be better at making these blog posts on a semi-regular basis, but I simply get overwhelmed with so many other things going on that the blog loses priority.  And I guess that’s what I want to post about today.

Sometimes life forces you to prioritize.  Sometimes life forces you to make choices between two or more good things.  Neither choice is wrong, but one is usually a choice that is more right than the other(s).  Do I continue to make time to have blog posts or do I make my pregnant wife put our son to be alone?  Do I go down to the shooting range or do I stick around the house and help the family do some of the million and one tasks that seem to accumulate within any household?  We all have to make choices based on specific, circumstantial needs.

Writing is like that as well.  We have to make choices about what is most important.  Is that extra detail about the MC’s secret love of donkey brains as important as the fact that he is afraid of drowning but works as a sailor aboard ship?  Do we focus on the priority points of the novel and less on the ancillary details that, while enjoyable, don’t actually carry much literary weight?

What we have to do is return.  Return to the highest priorities always.  In writing and in life.

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