There’s something tangibly awesome about finishing a project. Maybe finishing isn’t quite the right word because I’m always going back and tweaking here and there, even on published works. But when the big stuff is done and all that’s left is to package it and get it ready for the world, I get to feel this certain sense of relief.
A lot of writers I talk to always say that this is the beginning of their anxiety, and maybe at some level, that’s probably true for me too. The baby project I worked so hard on is all grown up now. Time for the world to see it. Yeah, there’s a certain anxiety that comes with that. But I also feel this wonderful emotion of relief. It’s a big thing that isn’t on my plate anymore and I can sit down and chill, or work on a new project that’s been percolating in my brain for weeks, or maybe months.
I’m excited about being finished with Her Last Kill. It has another round of proofreading, but for the most part, it’s done. Which means… I can turn my attention to the next book. I don’t know if it’s going to be Reapers #3 I work on, or if it’s going to be something completely different. I’m kind of leaning toward something completely different if only to cleanse the palette. I’ve been living in the Reapers’ heads for months now. I kind of know what’s going to happen for book three, but it’s not really fully formed yet.
So here’s my options, and truly, I don’t know what I’m going to do yet.
- Reapers #3
- A whole new idea that I’ve been hoarding for a while
- the next Lucky Thirteen book (which I admit, I’m not super excited about and it’s even less formed than the Reapers book).
Business-wise, Reapers #3 is the better option, in all honesty. My past sales show my series don’t really do well until I’m at least three books in. Creative-wise, it’s not ready to write. It needs more time to work itself out in my head. I’d gone into book 2 thinking I knew who book 3 was going to be. But after writing book 2, I’m not so sure anymore. Also, the main series plot is getting more complicated, so it’s going to take more time to write because I’m going to have to plot ahead, which typically, I don’t really do, so I need a little practice at it.
Anyway, I think I’m going to go ahead and chill for tonight. I’ve had a cold for the last few nights and I really haven’t let myself rest so I think that’s the plan for tonight. Decisions can wait for tomorrow.