You've spent the past 12-18 months working on this manuscript, rewriting it until it's perfect. It's consumed all your writing time for ages. Now it's done.
So what's next? How do you decide what your next writing project is?
The thing is, it's not just novel writing. Short stories, poems, essays; what's the next thing to work on?
I finished a manuscript and ended up resurrecting a project that was over 15 years old because that was the idea that appealed to me. While I was working on that project, and I had time to write, a story idea leaped out at me and demanded to be written. So I wrote it.
Which leads me to this week's writing prompt.
Here are two sites that provide writing prompts. This one is specifically creative writing:
This one is a variety of styles for poets, essayists, and journalers:
Scroll through one or both sites until a writing idea piques your imagination. Don't write the prompt idea. Save that for after or for another day.
Write about why this writing idea appealed to you. What was it that made it interesting? Why this idea and not another?
Sometimes, it's not just about what we're writing, but why we choose to write the kinds of things we do.
- Are you staying in your comfort zone?
- Are you trying to challenge yourself?
- Do you always write about a certain theme?