Now What? And a Spark.

March 26, 2012

I'm in that limbo stage, between query and what next.  I've been editing this manuscript so long, I don't know what to do with myself.  Sure, I'm researching agents and sending out queries but I can't spend my entire day doing that.  Well, I could...but it's not what I should be spending the bulk of my time on.

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?

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  1. I wish books would unfold in my head like that! Sounds like that's the idea to work on right now.

  2. I've been intrigued by this project ever since you first mentioned it after SCBWI-NY. Excited to hear you're working on it--have fun!!

  3. Time to start pre-planning your next MS. Start making bullet point notes of any idea or idea fragment that pops in your head about the story or character AND read in the genre for inspiration. If you haven't read SHINE, now the perfect time. It has LGBTQ issues in a rural setting.

  4. I was going to suggest SHINE, too.

    Being in limbo is a weird place, but it sounds like you have a good idea calling your name!

  5. I say, yes. You should totally start something new (or at least take time to brainstorm like Leslie suggested.) I'm waiting for beta feedback so in the meantime, between researching agents to query, I'm going to start planning a new book. :)

  6. Liz - I'm a pantser, so usually I never see more than the beginning. But with this book, I've been mulling over it for two months and finally, the story opened itself up to me. CLearer than it ever has before. I think the more we do this, the easier it gets.

    Rachel! I'm so excited! And I wrote the first chapter came out so smooth and strong. I can't wait to have you CP it. (But not till after I refine the first draft, of course)

    Leslie - I have already started adding LGBTQ books to my must read list BUT I'm not going to read them until after I write my first draft. I want it to be a story from my heart first, then read LGBTQ books, then revise/edit my story.

    Jessica - Put SHINE on list, check. BUT my book is not a sad story but a romance, a very complicated racist/hate romance. I hope LGBTQ romances are "in."

    Ghenet - I spent yesterday morning writing bullet point after bullet point of what I want to occur in the book, now I just have to organize that jumbled mess. LOL.


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