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What does 2020 hold? Novel Ideas

Updated: Jul 9

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I don't know what 2020 will bring in terms of writing. Planet of the Creeps will be published ahead of schedule and I don't have any other works currently in progress.


However, now understanding the novel writing process--and the level of determination and discipline it takes--I don't want to start another project unless I have the utmost enthusiasm for it. The bar is set high. If I don't have a unique and gripping story to tell (or as they say, a NOVEL idea), I'll have to pass.


Not that every novel has to be serious. But somewhere it should have a point of view, educate, start a conversation, or capture the imagination in a new way. At least, that's how I see it. I'm still toying an idea for a middle-grade novella. Yesterday, a friend and I were brainstorming a historical romance/ ghost story that seemed compelling. Yet, I also long for a break to recharge my batteries. It's not like I have writer's block, I have lack of writing commitment!


I listen to several writing podcasts, watch author-Tubers, and follow thousands of writers on Twitter. Nearly all writers talk about their ingrained love of writing; that they can't be without a WIP (work in progress). I don't know if this is true for me yet. And I feel like an imposter or somehow not worthy to call myself an author.

For me, writing brings a roller coaster of emotions, from the highest highs to the lowest lows. It unleashes my greatest creativity and deepest insecurity. Maybe I need a few months on level ground.


Wishing you all the best for 2020,

-DS


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