Right now the follow up to Terminus Cycle is out to a select group of readers and, well, I’m at a loss for what to do with myself. My plan right now is to let this book germinate for a while. It’s out to readers, most give me unrealistic time frames for which they’ll read it but I’ve been doing this for a while now and know that it takes time. I’m in no rush for it. In fact, I want to put this book aside for at least a month or two and then come back to it with fresh eyes. I figure that while I have this luxury of not being under any sort of deadline that I should take advantage of it and make it as good as I can.
That, to me, means letting it sit for a while. I tend to like something, then look back at it a few months later and find a ton of stuff wrong with it that was missed and yearn to be able to take it back and fix it. This way I can do that. Like I said, though, that isn’t the problem, the problem is that I’m sitting here and I’m not quite sure what to do with myself. It’s like singing in front of people. What do I do with my hands?
I went ahead and started working on another, non-related to Andlios project and while that is fun and exciting, it’s been a long time since I really focused on something outside of that universe. The original idea for the series was hatched back in 2012 and a lot of the ideas came together over the span of the following year before I actually started to work on it in late 2013. I’ve started little things here and there that I’ve put aside for later (this project being one of them), but taking on a whole new idea for a novel is at times a daunting process.
After two years of working inside of one universe where the words just flowed I’m having to stop and do a lot of planning. I’m thinking up ideas, plot points, character arcs and all of the stuff that needs to happen before I continue forward with the actual writing. What a lot of people don’t realize is that there is a lot to writing than just sitting down and writing. Without a solid foundation of ideas you don’t have a novel you just have a loose collection of ideas and characters that may or may not come together to make a story.
What I want from this story is for it to be different than anything else that I’ve released. I want it to reflect more what I enjoy reading on average and just be different.