Writing Journal Y7 Day 185: That gap between projects where you don’t know what to write next and are driving the people around you nuts

How’s that for a title?

Icarus Rising is done. That’s the space opera. The one I’ve been working on for far too long. I decided to change it from many pov characters to just two, and that really made the words flow. Even with that, I continued to tweak it until someone important in the industry wanted to read it, and then someone else who is also important within the industry wanted to read it. So it was time to shit or get off the pot. The manuscript is now in the hands of said people, and the waiting has begun.

At which point my brain asks: Um. So… What are we working on next?

And all the sexy ideas I’ve had gestating in my brain raise their collective hands and voices to shout, “OOOOH! OOOOH! PICK ME! PICK ME!”


I have texted someone I trust multiple, detailed ideas I’m considering and all have been met with positive, thumbs up kinda replies and at least one – “That one! That should be your next book!” But I waffle.

Honestly, this is the part of writing I hate. Deciding stuff. I know it sounds stupid, but it bugs me. I really wish I could work on all the ideas simultaneously – but that just doesn’t work well for me. I will spend way to much time farting around and not actually writing. At best, I can work on two projects at the same time, but one of them will suffer – I know myself well enough to admit that.

Which brings me back to having to make a decision. A long time ago, I talked about Rachel Aaron’s ‘2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better and Writing More of what your Love’ – and I’m still using her methodology today. For each idea I have, I write it out and see what sticks. But I’m still in that discovery phase. Soon, I hope to land on the project I need to write so I get cracking on it.

I know I’ll figure it out, I always do. If you’re a writer out there – do you have specific ways of wading through the ideas to land on The One?