So you finished your last writing project. What do you do now?
Starting a new project can be scary, especially when you’ve spent so long writing, revising, and editing a manuscript already.
How do you know when it’s time to let one project go, and put it out into the universe, and start another one?
That’s a tricky question, and there is no “right” answer. You just know. Maybe you’ve decided that your current manuscript isn’t the one that you want to query with, maybe you’ve been in the query trenches for what feels like forever, maybe you have published already but are just waiting around to be struck by some sort of inspiration.
But if we want to have careers as writers, we need to write more than one thing. And there is no better time than the present to start a new project.
Even if you write just for the fun of it, the only way that you can grow and get better is to keep writing. As you look at a new, fresh (and very very blank) Word document, doubt and fear may rise up. Don’t let it.
Instead, allow this new project to take you on an adventure you’ve never been on before.
Allow this new project to fill your imagination with new characters, settings, conflicts, and stories. Imagine yourself as a character in your story and see where that takes you.
Let yourself play.
You’re in the beginning stages, the brainstorming stages of your project at the moment. It’s okay if you throw your main character into the most ridiculous place right off the bat. See what happens and embrace it!
Most importantly, have fun!
Whether you are a pantser, a planner, or some combination of the two, it’s important that you have fun and that you love your story. You won’t love it all the time, but try to enjoy your new story and your new world. Add elements that you love. Make it exciting for yourself.
Starting a new project is a fun and exciting time for a writer. Time to take that shiny new idea and run with it!