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New Year, New Challenges

Four weeks into the New Year, and while I am on pace with the work schedule I set for myself, I am also struggling with my current project.  Creativity is not always something one can force, and right now I am trying to make myself come up with ideas for two new books.  Why?  I need to get in proposals to my publisher so that I can get to work on the projects, and in today's market that means writing up proposals and synopses, regardless of how many books I have written and published in the past.  I might even need to submit a few chapters of the next book along with the proposals.  That's fine.  I have no problem with that.

What's giving me fits is trying to come up with the new ideas.  I know the general outlines of what I want to write.  I know where the books fit in with the larger chronology of the project, but beyond that . . . well, I've got nothin'.

I have been here before, and I know I'll get through it.  The ideas will come.  But right now, its a struggle.

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arhyalon
Jan. 30th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
Boy, I feel for you. My only suggestion is one I got from Gene Wolfe...he said cut down on socializing, up the exercise...a day or two of walking and yard work without the telephone and TV really gets the imagination flowing, he says.

Sometimes, it works. ;-)
davidbcoe
Jan. 30th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jagi. Exercise is part of my daily routine, but I do think that finding another way to occupy my thoughts for a few days is probably a good idea. I have a couple of short pieces to work on, and I can always do my taxes....
arhyalon
Jan. 30th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
I often find that if I do something else and come back to a project, I do better at it.

I am hoping that this will be the case with my current WIP, now that I am back from China.
sleigh
Jan. 30th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
FWIW, my friend, I have the same issue. I *love* writing fiction, but I *loath* having to write synopses, since I generally don't have a great sense of what's going to happen in the middle of the book, and only a vague notion of where I intend the characters to end up. Part of what I enjoy in writing is finding out where the characters want to take the story (and letting it go there). Hence, writing a synopsis is analogous to putting a straitjacket on the story. Luckily, all my editors have been willing to essentially forget what I said in the synopsis so long as I eventually hand them a satisfactory book...
davidbcoe
Jan. 30th, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
I've been fortunate in that way, too -- my editor has always been willing to roll with me as my outlines shift and storylines take off in new directions. My main problem right now is simply figuring out what these next books are going to be about. As I say, I know generally what I want to do, but usually by now I've got plot lines in mind, and this time they're proving elusive. Thanks for the sympathy. I'm grateful.

Separate topic: Do you ever go to Marcon in Columbus? Looks like I'm going to be a Special Guest there this spring. It would be great to see you.
sleigh
Jan. 30th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Used to go decades ago, but haven't in a long, long time... But you make it more tempting this year.

Denise and I will be going to Worldcon in Chicago, and it's possible we might also make World Fantasy in Toronto -- will you be at either con. I'd love to have the chance to get together again!
davidbcoe
Jan. 30th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
Will certainly be in Toronto. Still deciding between WorldCon and DragonCon.
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