Funky Town

I’m in one of those funks where I don’t know what to work on next. Before I took a month off to do a rewrite of SCARS, I was working on the next book in that series dealing with urban exploration. I’ve got about 50 pages of that started and think it’s off to a nice start. But I don’t want to work on it yet. I guess I’m still leery about writing the next installment in a series that hasn’t even found an agent yet even though I’d like to have the second book done before the first one sells.

I also though briefly about doing some short plays, but I wasn’t feeling that jones and submitted some already completed plays instead. My urge tends to be leaning toward short stories, but I’ve pretty much tapped out the hardboiled online market so it’s got to be a different type of story.

I have the beginnings of two stories, one a funny horror story and the other a sort of romantic comedy mystery piece. That one has the most potential, but I’ve got to figure out how to approach it exactly. This is a piece I’d like to work on for the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Nero Wolfe novella contest. While the story isn’t derivitive or a pastiche of Nero Wolfe, it does fall into the same kind of style and think it would be fun. But something’s got to catch soon. I need to be writing, I don’t feel if I’m not writing.

Anybody else experience this?

2 thoughts on “Funky Town

  1. The Wall Street Journal had a story on the business of genre writing a few months ago, and reported that John D. MacDonald, who had an MBA, wrote the first three Travis McGee books before letting his agent have them. He knew they’d sell, of course, and he wanted the first three to come out of the chute bim-bam-boom. He thought it would give the series some velocity, and whaddaya know, it did.I know this was the ’60s and things are different now, but the moral probably remains the same: Keep swinging.

  2. You ask me, I’m impressed by the amount of work you put out, and by the pace you establish in your rate of production. Due to my limitations of both time and mental capacity, I find myself forced to focus on one project (a novel) until I am done with it. I feel like I need to put all the wood behind one arrow. Which is why I’m in awe of those who have the ability to develop various projects at the same time. … I agree with you it’s a risk to write the second installment in a series that doesn’t yet have a home, but if you feel it can be a kick-butt novel, that it’s the best novel/story you can write right now, then it could be the one that gets you that agent and book deal. If people *love* your second installment, it might help your first novel gain some traction. … Could the second novel in this series stand-alone, if needed?

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