Now What? And a Spark.
I need to be writing.
I have to create.
It's in my DNA.
I need to consider where I'm headed next in my writing career and keep moving forward. This getting an agent thing doesn't happen overnight. In the meantime, I need to keep my writing juices flowing. (I apparently "need" a lot in this post, sorry.)
So,what is my next project going to be? I have a few contemporary books I'm thinking about. One or two paranormal books I'd like to write and then a I have a LGBTQ story that I've been mulling over. I'm actually thinking about working on two stories at once, to start. I'm sure one story will eventually win out the other but until then, I think I'm going to peck away at both.
Ever since SCBWI NY conference, I got inspired to write a LGBTQ book set in a rural town in Tennessee. My original idea felt flat, it lacked a bit of shimmer and I couldn't quite figure out why. Then this morning bam! it hit me like a ton of bricks. The entire book unfolded in my head and characters came to life so vivid, I jumped out of bed and grabbed my computer to purge the thoughts before they were lost forever. And that's when the spark hit me. That part of being a writer that I LOVE so much. The excitement of a new project and the gushing of the muse that comes with. I bet today I'll write 5000 words, easy.
I feel alive. That's what this writing thing does to a body, you know? I can't wait to bring to life this story, these characters.
Should I be moving on to my next project while I query? If not, what should I be doing?
How about you, what are you doing (or plan to do) during the query wait?