31 Things, Day 8: Writing

31 things I'd rather be doing right now

Wait, aren’t I doing that right now? Well, yes, but not entirely the way I want to. This blog series is forcing me to write regularly again, and it’s something other than my novel, which is good for variety; but I’ve got a massive amount of ideas in my head and there is just not enough time to do them all. I keep a list, and hope that some day I will get to them all.

There’s the fantasy novel I’m working on, the second of a planned four book series (first one is for sale), and I’m nearing the middle of that story, which is hardest to write. (The beginnings and ends are the easier parts for me.) But I have other ideas for new novels, too, unrelated to my current series; and I have short story ideas, both related and unrelated to my current series; and I have multiple blog post ideas, and ideas for a newsletter (if people are interested in such a thing, drop me a comment here) … Yes, there are lots of things I could be writing. But as this 31 Things series proves, I like a lot of things. How often do you think writing, which is work, wins? I’ll tell you: rarely. It has to be a conscious, deliberate decision.

I have yet to decide if I am going to do National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year. It is a great motivator, and its largely responsible for how I wrote book 1. If I do, there are sacrifices for my family, since I am not as available to them; there are sacrifices to the 30 other things I like; there are sacrifices of my own sanity. But the reward is great: another novel. IF I do NaNoWriMo, I will need to decide if I keep going with book 2, or start something brand new. Honestly, I’m leaning towards new, just to maybe get another book out there for sale. We’ll see, as I have a couple weeks left to decide.

If I have any fans at all, and you happen to be reading this, what would you prefer I do? Sequel or new? Leave me a comment.

With the advent of the indie-publishing revolution, part of me wonders what life would be like if I wrote as a full time career. It is a very appealing proposition, but I would like to combine it with some other things too, as I will explore later in this series. Until then, writing is just something on the side, as I truly am A Writer with a Day Job.

So that’s another thing I’d rather be doing now, writing.

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