Monday, 16 March 2009

What Next? (Fiction)

I'm in an unusually contemplative mood right now.

It may be something to do with the number of plates I'm spinning, though I normally do have a dozen projects on the go at once - I suspect it's more to do with the one which has stopped spinning, i.e. the novel which I finished last night. (Finally.)

Yep, volume 1 of my series is now fully available to read on the website. It will get redrafted in due course (after at least six months of not reading it) but in the meanwhile I'm going to use my NaNo code to get a copy on real paper.

So - after a couple of hours of pure self-congratulation - I'm asking myself "what now?"

I've promised myself a couple of months 'off' from weekly serialization, so I can work on volume 2 in relative peace, and I'll probably throw out a couple of short stories to plug the gaps.

I also want to make sure that I'm completely happy with the plot of volumes 3 and 4 before I commit too much of '2' to paper (or screen), so I have quite a bit of thinking to do as well. And to build myself enough of a buffer at the beginning of volume 2 that I can start serializing it without worrying that one unexpected event would throw me completely off track.

Fiction-wise, that's probably enough to keep me busy until it's time to dive back in to serializing volume 2 - which, unless anyone has any better ideas, I intend to do in about the same way as I did the last one.

I also want to use this break to focus more on my travel writing, but that deserves its own post later in the week.


Diane said...

Congrats on finishing Vol 1!!! I'd give my right arm to finish ANYTHING beyond a blog post. I know, I know... just DO it, Diane :)

Jeanne said...

I've been toyiing with starting another novel, literary fiction this time. Maybe if I took your approach and serialized it, instead of thinking about the hundreds or thousands of hours of work to create something that is statistically unlikely to ever get published, it would seem like a better idea.

Chef E said...

Congrats and I need to get serious and send back my re-writes...but my editor set a course, so I am moving right on schedule...I cannot wait to read it!

Jenny Beans said...

I didn't realize when I went and looked that it was volume one, silly me. I bookmarked and can't wait to get started. It's so freeing to finish a project, but you're right. It does leave you with a bit of empty space, wondering where to go from here.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to read your first novel. Congratulations for finishing it. You are ambitious to want to write another 3!
Good work!

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