No, I’m not talking about the current politics going on (though I did steal the line from the hilarious Jon Stewart’s Daily Show).
Instead, I’m talking about the issue writers face when choosing where to go next or what project to work on next.
I think of this because Marissa has so many ideas in her head, and I think it’s hard for her to choose what the best one is to focus on. It’s hard to decide with a “what I really want to write” combined with “what’s going to sell?”. These are tough, tough decisions, because in all reality, the two may not be the same book. What you’re dying to write now may not be what’s popular right now, what editors are craving right now, or what might eventually sell.
But what if you have two books in your head that you’re dying to write – one you know will sell, and one that MIGHT sell. You’re focused on both, you’re driven to write both, but one keeps talking to you because you really feel this is THE ONE that’s going to make you.
What does this all have to do with me? No, I’m not contemplating my next project like Marissa, as alas, I still have not finished my first one. It’s the direction I need to take my current one. I’m sitting in the middle of the book as I have had no time since October to write at all between the pregnancy, editing, and planning the WCP 5th Anniversary Bash. There’s been NO TIME.
But now I find myself with time. Just a little, but enough that I can make myself write. And I WANT to write, I’m DRIVEN to finish this story. This is what I needed.
But where is my story going? How do I know I’m taking it in the right direction? IS there a right direction? Should I keep it straight contemporary or add suspense? Can I make it long enough with straight contemporary? Should I just shoot for category length and end it there?
This is what I’m going through right now. My very own Indecision 2008. What’s yours? Are you contemplating a change in direction in your work, be it a new story or within a current work?
ETA: I’m not worried about writing for selling right now. I’m just worried about the direction the story’s going. I know it could sell as straight contemp OR suspense, so I’m not thinking of that, but if the story is going ANYWHERE, lol.