Monday, April 6, 2009

Choose my own author adventure

I have not one, but TWO ideas for a new YA book.

Two! At the same freaking time!

That's like a record for me.

So Path A would be to write the urban fantasy verse novel.

Path B would be to write the big, scary, plot-driven book that's been floating around in my head for awhile.

And Path C? Path C would be to write neither. To just take the rest of the year off and wait. Wait and see what happens next year with the books coming out. Enjoy the summer with my kids (as much of it as I can, anyway, since the day job gets in a way a bit).

I've always written during this time of waiting. I've always dove right in to a new book while waiting for the next to come out.

In many ways, it would be nice to take a long chunk of time off. But that scares me perhaps even more than the big, plot-driven book does. The more time away from the page, the harder it is to come back, I think.

And there's a part of me, deep in my soul, a part of me that whispers - this could be the one. The one? Yes. The one that could change my life. How often do authors have life-changing books? Hardly ever. I know that. And yet, the dream is always there, I can't deny it.

For now, today, I'm not going to decide. It's a beautiful, sunny day and I am fortunate to be at home. I'm going to take my cup of tea out back on my patio and lose myself in a good book for a couple of hours. I'm going to have lunch with my husband. I'm going to pick up my kids from school with a Dairy Queen treat as a surprise. I'm going to make my family a good dinner and then go for a run while it's in the oven. I'm going to help the kids with homework.

Yes, I'm going to enjoy this day. And I will have faith that when it's time, the right path will reveal itself to me.


  1. I've had that happen to me, I usually start both and one will start to dominate I shelf the other until later. Good luck! Remember better two idea's than none!

  2. Send some inspiration this way, Lisa. I'm totally lacking in the idea department right now. Good luck with whatever you choose.

  3. I say the big scary one! And now! Although family time is way more important. But maybe you can work both in together? Maybe not be as hard on yourself as you would be normally with time crunches?

    If you wait too long...the market may change. Yikes!