few weeks ago…don’t ask why it took me until just now to remember this story… my teacher was telling me about how many artists he knew worked on multiple pieces at the same time, stopping occasionally when they got stuck on something, then moving onto the next piece, usually working on about five or six at a time, and usually by the end having two or three pieces completed (the rest I believe he said, were scrapped entirely).
As I look ahead towards life after Secrets of Witches, I find myself at a loss of deciding what to write next. I’ve got five books on the table. Three of which I absolutely know I must write first, and actually as one is a sequel, it’s really the choice between which of the two story lines I start with.
The one with a sequel after a long year and a half (perhaps closer to two years by the time this is done) of working on the Secrets of Witches trilogy, or a book who’s story begins and ends in one novel, but that I’ve been working on for at least four years now.
It’s not entirely a new concept for me to write multiple stories at once. I’ve done it before, many times, and generally whichever one wants to be written more will take over.
It’s been quite a while since the last time, but to be honest, I may have to try it again, just for the sheer fact that I have no idea what I want to write next, and this may be the only way I can figure it out.
I still have quite a bit of book 3 to finish, so maybe by the end I will have a better idea of what I want to work on next. I keep telling myself that I need to be patient, that the idea will come to me when it’s ready. But my mind is already reeling with the two books that between them will require a great deal of research and probably more time than I could ever imagine.