Paula wonders what to do next…
After sending ‘Irish
Intrigue’ to my publisher last week, and hearing from her the next day that it
will be fast-tracked through the editing/cover art process so that it can be
released on (or even before) St Patrick’s Day, I’ve spent the days since then
floundering in uncharted waters.
Maybe it’s because ‘Irish
Intrigue’ took me so long to write in the first place, followed by an intense couple
of months editing and word-cutting. I seem to have breathed, eaten and slept this
novel for the last twelve months (and even longer if you count the first two
abandoned drafts!). In a sense, I feel ‘burnt out’, even to the point of
thinking, ‘I don’t think I can face writing another novel!
I know this feeling will
pass, and I do have a vague idea about another story. In fact one of the
characters in ‘Irish Intrigue’ suggested it to me! I even have its title –
‘Irish Secrets’ – and a very basic one-sentence scenario, but that’s all. I
know who the heroine is, and have a possible hero in mind, but I don’t really
have much more than that. I can’t even fix a first chapter in my mind, because
I have no idea where the story will actually start! I’ve let my mind revolve
around the idea, but nothing – and I really do mean nothing – is jumping into
my mind, not even a first sentence!
I can’t recall ever being in
this situation before. I’ve usually had at least an opening or a partly formed
idea in my mind, but at the moment nothing seems to be developing.
Maybe I need to do some research
on what I think will be the background of the story and hope that will inspire
me and/or spark some ideas – or maybe I need a pub lunch with the friend (a
reader, not a writer), who has proved to be a fantastic brain-storming partner.
I will never forget how, with just 4 words, she solved a problem I had been
battling with in ‘Irish Intrigue’- which eventually led to one of the strongest
chapters in the story!
I’m sure I will get over this
temporary glitch – but at the moment, I am definitely floundering!