Although I'll admit that the complication is mostly self-imposed, the decision of which book to write next is a hard one, at least for me.
My first two very rough books were fairly different from one another, but they had some common themes. In both cases, they were stories about families and, although both happened to be magical realist, they also were both told from the points of view of multiple characters in the family. I see now that these books were leading me toward writing the more realistic Rooster, which is a much better book, also about a family, also told from the points of view of multiple characters within it.
But, now that Rooster is more or less done, I've been having a lot of trouble committing to my next project. I find myself torn between wanting to write another family book (because in my fourth attempt I might actually figure this whole multiple perspective thing out!) and wanting to write something that just follows a single character to test my ability to stick to one focused narrative. Both would be challenging; both would be fun.
Then, I think about what I want to put out into the world. With Rooster, I show a very serious, slightly depressive side of myself. And, to be fair, that's who I am most of the time. But, in my developing works in progress, some of them are much more light-hearted and one is even darker. The thought of someone being able to choose between two of my books depending on what mood they are in is quite thrilling, which pushes me toward diversification--also a good idea if you're investing in the stock market!
I've currently got four novels going on right now: a serious fantasy book call The Secret Of the Sansui Sisters (under 1000-words done), a humorous fantasy book called The Collectors (over 20,000 words done), a humorous literary book called Satellites (about 5,000 words done), and a dark literary book called Bread (over 20,000 words done). And, while all of them are ongoing, I don't really feel devoted to any of them.
Life is short. I don't feel like I have an eternity to write as many books as I want. So, I wonder where I should go next.
How are you all planning your next projects? What considerations are you taking into account? Is this even a choice I get to make, or will my inner editor eventually choose for me?
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