Well. Here we go.

Written By: Jess - Sep• 02•17

I told myself I was going to wait to start working on a new WIP until I had a house. With that said, I guess I’m still not technically starting a new MS. I’m just brainstorming, and probably experimenting with a few scenes to see which project to try, but that’s still more than what I was even planning to do.

I also said I wasn’t going to write another urban fantasy and that I’d give sci-fi a try, but with the way things are looking, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen either.

The problem with trying to write a sci-fi story is that I don’t feel like I’ve read enough in the genre. Urban fantasy is what I know. With SF I know more ideas will come if I binge more on TV/movies, and books is what I’ll likely do. I might try writing two MS. I’m playing with the idea of writing the UF one, read and watch a ton of science fiction while I do it, and then as soon as I finish the first draft, immediately launch myself into a SF MS (I have ideas for one, they’re just a lot weaker than my UF ones). I feel confident enough that I can do that.

I know I can write 90k+ words in 3-4 months, so churning out two first drafts in under a year won’t be that much of an issue. The problem will be learning how to edit faster, which I think with the next project will be easier. I hope.

I’m starting to get pumped for a new project. However, I still can’t stop doubting that I’ll love the next project as much as the one I have out on submission. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that that’s not the case.

#1: The first story/book. I really loved writing my first book, but I wouldn’t say I loved the finished project. I worked almost 4 years on that sucker. I learned a lot from it, but there’s a reason it’s shelved. Maybe one day I’ll pull it out and try to completely rewrite it, cause it was a cool idea. But not today or anytime in the near future. After 4 years of work, I’m rather sick of this novel. It can wait for a rewrite for just as long, if not longer.

#2: It was hard to write, but I’m proud of this story. I don’t see it published–it’s a serious downer and quite frankly, upsetting, but it couldn’t have ended any other way. I like the idea of using it as backstory and picking up where it leaves off and writing a novel from it. It’s a project that still appeals to me, but I’m not sure I want to return to it just yet. It’s not shelved, it’s just at the bottom of the pile of projects I want to work on. Other things sound more fun to write, and honestly, what that novel needs would emotionally drain me. I know what the plot would be and a lot of the major points, and just thinking about it is exhausting. Not ready to tackle that novel yet, nor do I feel like I’m at the writing level needed to pull it off (though I don’t think I’m as far off as I was when I wrote the first draft of this story).

#3: I still need to submit this one out. It was just pure fun. The characters were a blast, especially the mc. The world intrigues me. The magic is cool. I want to write more in the world, but I can’t nail down a plot idea yet. But this story… this story is one I’m really proud of. Now I just need to submit it in the short story market.

#4: The latest one. I freaking love this book. I felt varying degrees of emotions with all of my projects, but this one I never got sick of. Tired of certain stages? Sure. The book itself? No. I loved it from beginning to end and through the rewrites. I have tons of ideas for the second novel, if there ever is a second one. The idea of never getting to write that story breaks my heart a little bit. Feeling that excited over a project was a blast, and knowing where the story goes just makes it even better. I hope I can find a home for it. I really do, but want I hope for more is that I’ll feel just as strongly about some other story.

So those are my thoughts right now.  Hope everyone is doing well.


P.S. We survived Harvey better than most, for those wondering.

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