Tuesday, May 16, 2006
What shall I write about?
Darling Geek and I had our normal Monday night conversation over dinner…
Me: “I have to write my blog entry and I don’t know what I’m going to write about.”
DG: “Write about the Luncheon.”
DG: “Then write about your trip to the beach.”
Me: “Eh, maybe, but how interesting would that be?”
DG: “Didn’t your CP get a request for a full? Write about that.”
Me: “I could, I guess, but…”
DG: “Then write about the husband you’re driving to drink.”
I think you get the picture. But that little exercise in seeming futility did actually inspire me. Substitute “next book” for “blog entry” and you get an idea of the state I’m in at the moment.
It’s time to start a new book. I’ve got ideas for several, but I don’t know which one to choose. There’s the book about the girlfriends who do a weekend in Vegas. There’s the one with the etiquette expert. Or how about the one where the image consultant makes over a cowboy chef? The characters in two books are more “alive” in my mind right now, but the other book has stronger plot ideas.
I need to pick one and jump in. But which one? How do you decide which idea is the one you need to chase down next? It’s not like one of my famous To Do lists, where the next logical project is easy to see. I don’t want another false start like I had on the book I shelved.
So how do you decide? Eeny-meenie-minie-mo? Numbers in a hat? Put the characters/titles in ABC order?
And, yes, my fabu CP got a request for a full on (what I think) is a really cool book—off a simple query, no less! Congrats and SQUEEE!