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:~: Friday, May 19, 2006 :~:

What Now?

The girls over at Romance Worth Killing For are blogging about that age-old question, what now? I've been uncharacteristically quiet regarding the topic, milling it over myself, but, ironically, find I'm in the same quandry.

The last month has been busy for me. I whipped SOS into shape for a requesting editor and got it out the door. In addition, I finished MMB, completed the edits this week and sent it off to the requesting agent. It feels so good to be totally done, and I'm really happy with the way MMB turned out. Regardless of whether or not this agent wants it, it's ready to be sent out on the rounds. I feel optimistic about it. Now that both are finished though, I find myself looking around like Joan, thinking, what next?

The last two ms's I wrote were very different. Both RS, both involving murder and mayhem, but different tones and themes. SOS was dark and heavy with slightly disturbing (depending on who you ask) subject matter. MMB was lighter, more of an action/adventure/run-for-your-lives type book with its fair share of humor and sarcasm. Both type of books appeal to me. Both are rewarding to write in completely different ways.

Now, the question is, what do I turn to next? I have two ideas bouncing around in my brain. Again, both are different RS's - one's dark and heavy, one's a little lighter, more humorous. Both are pulling at me equally. I'm not the type of person who can write two books at once, so I need to pick one and go. They each pose their own challenges - dark can be hard to write because it takes you places you might not want to go; sarcastic is hard to keep up through the whole book without feeling like you've drained your creative juices. I'm just not sure which one to clamp on to first and run with.

So what do you guys think? Which way do you think I should go and why? What type of RS books do you prefer - dark and heavy or lighter, more humorous?


Blogger Paty Jager said...

I prefer humorous. But that's because the abominable snowman on Rudolph scares me!

Maybe you should start one and see if it inspires you, if not, try the other one. Or which one takes the most research? Maybe start on the research and that will spark the juices to get to writing.

Or I can send you some of my ideas - of course you'd have to set your mind to a couple hundred years ago! LOL

Ps can you explain the handicapped person by the word verification box? Or does it only come up when I'm on here, knowing how technically challenged I am!!

4:47 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

ROFL, Paty. Thanks for the offer. I think I'll stay in the present (too much research in the past, LOL).

The handicapped symbol: if you click it you "hear" a different verification you can type in (hearing vs. seeing).

6:16 PM  
Blogger Christine Keach said...

I'm with Paty. Start writing on one and see if it clicks with you. If not, start working on the other. And if, for some reason, neither speaks to you, just sit down and write what does come to mind! (Of course, then you might have a 3rd story to play with.)

10:00 AM  
Blogger TJBrown said...

I like a mix. Depends on my mood:)

7:39 AM  
Blogger Lisa Pulliam said...

Maybe do the opposite of the one you just finished. Since you finished edits on MMB more recently, with the lighter tone, maybe try doing the darker one next. It may refresh you a bit and help with the brainstorming.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Carol B. said...

Hmm. Depends on my mood. I lean toward dark and heavy, I guess.

12:41 PM  

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