I hated that question for most of last year. Why? Because the writing wasn’t going. As in, not at all. (I talked about why in this post.) However, I didn’t want to say that, because that would have been hugely discouraging. Discouraging to whom, you might ask? For starters, it wouldn’t have been the best news for the readers who have told me that they are excited about my next book. And it certainly wouldn’t have been at all encouraging to any of those just-starting-out authors I met at conferences, classes or other events.
But also, it would have felt profoundly discouraging to me.
Which is why I came up with a series of half-true answers to that question, instead: “I’m throwing around a couple of ideas, trying to determine which one to move forward with,” “I’m focusing on writing some guest posts and articles right now,” and “I’m really enjoying re-releasing my novella and interacting with readers on Watttpad.”
I think it kept all our spirits up.
And now, I’m very pleased to report that I no longer dread the question. Because, the writing is going very well, thank you. I’m working on a novel featuring Sarah and Zach, who you may recognize from the novella available for free here on my website (see little orange box below, if you have no idea what I’m talking about). Someone in a workshop I took described it as an “after the happily ever after” story– which I love, and which is a perfect description (thanks, Kerry Lonsdale). I am slowly and messily and gratefully making my way through the first draft– so there’s not much to share at this point. But rest assured, I am writing, and I will keep you posted.
Feel free to ask how it’s going, anytime.
Here’s a tiny glimpse at the process: the song that is currently fueling my inspiration for the story: