I have two books on the cusp. And I’ve avoided both for days now. Privileged Lives is almost ready to be published on Smashwords. Hidden Boundaries is almost ready to be published on Kindle. I’ve poked and pushed at both of them, tweaking here, correcting there, and they’re still both hanging. What have I been doing instead? Mostly reading and websurfing, adding little bits to various WIPs. But mostly being obsessed by a new story.
I don’t know what it is about new ideas that makes them appear just when you don’t really have time for them. Maybe it’s the worrying about whether you’re still going to have any new ideas when all the current WIPs are finished. Maybe it’s pure avoidance–hesitating to push the button that will change your world. Putting a new novel out for the world to see certainly has the power to do that.
Or maybe it’s that lovely feeling when something has appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, and is starting to become something you can work with. A germ of an idea takes on flesh and starts growing. You throw a character into an impossible situation and watch while he struggles, and either succeeds or fails. Maybe it’s all of them.
Here’s the photo that inspired my latest sidetrack.
Tags for this story would be science fiction, dystopia, crime and punishment.