As I tackle my review of the ‘pages’*, as they’re called in the publishing biz, for my next novel, ‘The Emerald Tablet’ (unapologetic plug – to be released by Pan Macmillan at the end of June), my mind turns to what I’m going to embark upon next. Yes, it’s unbelievably exciting to see my words all set up for publication. But, in my mind at least, it’s all about what happens next.
If writer’s block requires a course of prune juice and fibre supplements to get things flowing (eww…), I suffer from the opposite of that. My mind is literally overflowing with ideas. The hardest part is deciding which one of my little cerebral babies should be the focus of my attention for the next twelve months or so. Each of my imagined literary landscapes are populated by people I want to get to know better and places I want to explore. The hard part is choosing one.
So, what do you think? How do I make up my mind? Flip of the coin? Paper, rock, scissors?
*pages = the typeset manuscript.