I talked yesterday about writing outside my comfort zone with a project on my mind. I’m currently finishing up Dying Days 3, the latest in my zombie series. But I have an idea I want to pursue right after that, and it is very different from anything I’ve written previously.
The good news? I already have a solid publisher looking to talk about it, even though it is only a 6-sentence concept at this point. I’ve come a long way, I guess. Plus, I have a big mouth, I can B.S. with the best of them, and I have a track record… fingers crossed we can get this done, and I can start writing it with a contract dangled in front of me, right? That always makes it better.
The bad news? I have a ton of projects sitting in my queue, waiting to be completed. Another contract means they get pushed aside again, like what happened when I wrote Miami Spy Games. Nineteen projects will sit for a few weeks until I complete this idea, and if it takes off I might do sequels or get another contract for another idea. How cool would that be?
Of course, I’d need to squeeze in some of the writing on the other stories between finishing and submitting this new idea, and getting in as many words on at least one other project so I feel like I am accomplishing something. I wrote three projects under contract right after Miami Spy Games, but none of them have been released so far. To the reader, they only see me not putting out new things and they move on to other authors. When I can set my own pace, I can put out work on some semblance of a schedule, but with a contract I have to honor it first and foremost (it is paying the bills, after all)…
Yeah, I guess I’ll stop crying like a bitch because someone likes me enough to offer me money in advance to write something… but I need to rethink my schedule again, and roll with the punches, and squeeze in one of these nineteen projects to complete before I forget what they were even about.