I’m in an odd place with my writing now. I’m finishing edits of a novel which I plan to put aside for critiquing, while gathering my thoughts to begin something new. It’s not that I don’t have any ideas. I have fifteen writing notebooks crammed with them, as well as two partly begun novels with strong characters that have been on hold. Waiting for me to be ready. The trouble is, these ideas don’t have the same spark they did when I first began to develop them. I’m faced with a dilemma: Do I soldier on and hope that the idea will catch fire like it did before, or do I just scrap it and try to generate a new one?
My current strategy is to fall back on research – collect more information for one of my novels (with a premise that I think is promising) in the hopes that something will really resonate with me and inspire me again. I’ll let you know if that works!