What to Begin Now?
It's time to start a new project. I'm finished with the rewrite of The Cradlerobbers, I'm expecting the copy-edit of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, but that won't take more than a week. Now what? I have an idea for an adult novel. I have an idea for a screenplay, and I have an idea for a children's series. I can't decide which to do. I've never written a screenplay, and it's entirely possible I'll suck at it. It could be a complete waste of time. On the other hand, I bet I could pound out a first draft in a month. The children's novel is also another long shot, but the idea is pretty cool, and who knows. It might sell. Stranger things have happened. I suppose I should begin the adult novel. It's scary though. The idea I have is bound to hurt people I'm close to (just like Impossible Pursuits, frankly). Starting a novel is also like setting off on a trip with no itinerary or return ticket. It could be a short trip, or you could find yourself stuck in Burkina Faso for years.
What to do, what to do?