So I don’t really have a new book. Not yet.
Before I start anything else I have a ton of finals to grade, and then two more books (that I am writing with friends) to finish.
(I am excited about BOTH these friends books! One I have written with my daughter, Laura. We’re in copyediting mode on that one. The other I am working on with my very good friend Melanie Skelton. Plus, I have a novel more than halfway completed, a middle grade, that I wrote Nano before last. I think I am ready to finish that.)
And there’s the moving.
Something I Have Discovered
I simply cannot do everything on my own. I need help.
But today, in between all that, here is what I must do as far as the Next Book:
1. As I work, I will let the ideas (I have three or four which feel more important) percolate in my head.
Which means the most to me?
Which moves me the most?
Do I want to laugh and write ghosty things?
Do I want to spend some really sad time investigating the other novel?
Do I want to get into the head of someone who’s really sick?
I know which sounds easiest, but which is best for me, now, as a writer?
2. I need to talk this over with a friend.
Lay everything out of the table.
What is best for me? For my career? For my well-being (I’ve been pretty depressed this winter. The new TV shows Hannibal and Bates Motel haven’t brought my mood up.)?
3. I must take notes. When the ideas start for the books, I can’t expect to remember them. I hardly know my own name right now.
But these notes aren’t just snippets of ideas. Yes, those will be there. I need some notes detailing what I think could happen in all three books.
For example, I know the beginning and end, only, of the two darker novels. A few additional scenes with one of them.
The funny book, I sort of know the whole plot–and have a faded idea of the ending.
So notes are essential.
I know I won’t have time to really write today so I have to use my jotting-down-times (as the ideas strike me) effectively.
What would YOU like to see from me, The Best Five Readers in the World?
Dark and Scary?
Contemporary Sad (that might be a sequel to another hard novel I wrote)?
Now I need to get going on the day’s very long list.
Taking a deep breath.
And I am off.