What do I write next?Every time I finish a book or get bored with my WIP, I usually ask myself, “What should I write next?” Maybe I should write a YA. They’re shorter and I have a fourteen-year-old daughter living down the hall (great for research). I could write a YA in half the time it would take to write a single title. But maybe…just maybe I should write another medieval time travel. After all, I have already done years of research and my current time-travels do well in contests. No, I think I’ll finish my current single title contemporary because that’s what I love to read and that’s what I love to write.
“Okay, self,” I tell myself. “You LOVE to READ and WRITE single title contemporaries. So write them!”
So then why do I often feel this nagging pull within to write a romantic suspense, or maybe take a stab at writing a small-town story for Superromance, or something for Harlequin American? Writing an intrigue sounds good too. And then I spend a day plotting one of these stories, but ultimately find myself right back where I started…hard at work on one of my many half finished single-title contemporaries.
I have been writing for twelve years. I know what I want to write. So why do these thoughts of writing something “different” keep niggling at my brain? Is this a crazy mental affliction all writers possess? A form of procrastination? A middle-of-the-book syndrome? Help!