There are times, like now, when I wish my creative self would take a vacation. However, I also don’t really want all of my creative self to go away. After all, I need that part of my brain to help me write books.
It’s the part of my brain that comes up with story ideas that could take a rest. While going through the final edits on my newly released Gabriel Hawke book, Churlish Badger, I came up with the premise for the next two books in that series. Which is awesome because that means I will have two more books in that series. 😉 The bad part is I’m so excited about them, it’s hard to concentrate on the Spotted Pony Casino book, House Edge, I’m writing now. Sigh.
I can never seem to write as fast as my ideas hit. An idea can come out of nowhere in seconds, but a book takes a good month to prepare and research, then another three (without interruptions) to write. That means, I have about two more months of finishing House Edge, to do the research for the next Hawke book and start writing it in February, if all goes as planned.
When it is written, then I’ll start on book 3 in the Spotted Pony Casino Mysteries, Double Down, which I started the premise for it in House Edge, which made me want to start on that book…. Yes, it is a never ending cycle for me. I get excited about the next book in a series, then have to wait to write it because, (oh, now why did I decided to write two series at once?) I have to write the next book in the other series.
I’m sure there are other writers out there nodding their heads. Yes, we understand, there are those of us who can’t work on one series at a time. Heaven forbid, we should get bored of that series and not want to write the next book. So we juggle, two, or three, or more series at once to keep the monotony of writing about the same characters all the time from becoming tedious.
As Churlish Badger publishes and House Edge is being written, I have three more books churning in the back of my mind. This is how I have spent most of my writing career. Always writing with two to three books on the back screen of my brain, fading in and out, as I dissect the new characters, plot, and setting. And I do the research for the next book while I’m writing another. If only I could plug into my brain and have it all pour out onto a computer screen.
Book 8 in the Gabriel Hawke Novels
An abandoned vehicle…
A missing man…
Oregon State Trooper Gabriel Hawke discovers an abandoned vehicle at a trailhead while checking hunters.
The owner of the vehicle never arrived at his destination. As Hawke follows leads, he learns the man was in the process of selling his farm over the objections of his wife who said he would only sell over her dead body.
Continuing to dig for clues, Hawke turns up two bodies buried on the farm. Who killed the two and why keeps Hawke circling for answers, backing the killer into a corner.
Buy link: https://books2read.com/u/mZZx2l
6 thoughts on “Ideas Knocking at My Creative Self”
I wish I had your problem — too many ideas for writing fiction, all at once!
LikeLiked by 1 person
Some of us are just cursed with an overactive imagination!
Being bombarded with ideas is indeed a mixed blessing. I’ve accepted over time that some of them will fade, I’ll have to let them go, or they’re not all worth remembering. But those that return two or three times are keepers. Glad to know I’m not the only one who can’t keep with the opportunities.
LikeLiked by 1 person
Susan, when I get a book idea for a series, I always write them down and make sure I put down enough to make the idea/premise clear. It’s the random story ideas that I jot down and rarely use.
Yep, there’s never enough time to write all those books that are being juggled in your brain. I can’t write two at once, but I can jot ideas down for the next one while writing the other.
LikeLiked by 1 person
Marilyn, Yes! sometimes there are too many ideas to keep up with. But if it is a sound logical one, I make sure I write down enough to keep the idea fresh and mulling around in my brain. I don’t write two books at once. I tried that once and it didn’t work. But I am always gathering the research info and exploring how to make a book work while actually writing another one.
Comments are closed.