I’m in that weird stage of writing where I’ve just finished one first draft and am returning to an older manuscript to whip it into final shape for a submission. After that, I can start working on the first draft revisions.
However, I belong to a critique group and we prefer to review new stuff and not rehash revised work, so I have four weeks to figure out what I want to write next and get a couple of chapters written.
For some folks, the problem is lack of ideas. A kind of limbo where the brain freezes and the writer can’t think.
Although I sometimes have that kind of brain freeze about blogging posts, I don’t experience it with fiction writing. I have lots of stories in my head, old unrevised manuscripts my critique group has never seen, and a file full of notes and new ideas.
I’m stuck because I don’t know which one to choose.
So here are a few questions for those of you who write. Do you always know what you’re going to work on next, or do you sometimes have trouble deciding on your next project? Do you take time off between books? Do you write something new at the same time you’re revising an older manuscript?