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Don’t let lack thinking kill your creativity!

Just two more posts to go… Day 33 of the 5-Week Author Blog Challenge asks about my next book project. All 35 posts for this Challenge will be focused on writing, publishing, and book marketing. I hope you’ll stick around through all 35 posts. And if you want to take part, come on in – the water is great! You can register here.

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Day 33 writing prompt:

What is/will be the subject of your next book?

Ever get the feeling you have more ideas than you have time? That’s the way it is with me and story ideas. Now that I’ve just about completed my first novel, the fiction bug has bitten and I want to do more of it. There will be no sequel to “Stan” – it’s an entire story unto itself that requires no further editions. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m not much of a series girl – never liked reading them, so I cannot even conceive of writing them.

That said, I do have plenty of new ideas constantly percolating. As I sit down to tell you what they are, a little gremlin warns me about sharing my ideas because someone might steal them. Oh, yeah? Let them! Steal away! You write your version, and I’ll write mine. They’ll be so different, they won’t even be recognizable as derived from the same plotline.

lack mentality

  • Having belonged to specific clubs and networking groups and seen the flirting that goes on between members at times, I cannot help but think it must, in some cases, lead to affairs. One group that helps individuals improve their public speaking comes specifically to mind, as the nature of the organization and its meetings invites a certain level of intimacy, weekly connections, extracurricular engagement at lunch (at least our club went to lunch together regularly), and bonding time that is unique, even to most office scenarios. So … what if … a woman found out her husband was leaving her for someone he met at this group? Devastated, she is commiserating to her hairdresser and learns that two other women who patronize the same salon are in the exact same situation!
  • A love story between a woman reporter who goes undercover to live with the homeless population finding shelter in the tunnels under a city like Las Vegas or Kansas City and the man who tries to help her. She becomes so invested in the story and reporting the plight of these people that she has a psychotic break and is unable to come back to “regular” life.
  • A modern-day, feminist version of Snow White and/or Cinderella.
  • A story about a boy who has a traumatic brain injury while surfing that allows him to communicate with animals. A little Dr. Doolittle and a little Bill & Ted, with the added element of the discovery of a sordid animal experimentation scheme.

It would seem that while each of these would require a certain amount of research, none would be as involved as my initial fiction project! With “Stan,” it was most certainly baptism by fire.

And I was sooooo tempted to jump into the 3-Day Novel contest again this year – but I forced myself to stay the course. Finish Stan Finds Himself on the Other Side of the World before I start another novel. Any other novel. Of course, I’ve never done NaNoWriMo – and that’s just around the corner… so who knows?

That’s just the fiction side, though. In the coming weeks on the nonfiction side are:

  • 138 Tips to Help You Blog Like a Pro (eBook)
  • REVIEWS: Where and How to Get Your (Self-Published) Book Reviewed (ebook)
  • WRITERS: A Little Book of Inspiration (paperback)

Drop a note to reserve your copy of any of the three above-mentioned titles!

Please make sure to check in again tomorrow, when I will offer my thoughts about this blog challenge experience.

And for the record, I’d love your feedback on my Author Blog Challenge posts! And, of course, would really love to have you support all of the bloggers in the Challenge. Find their links here.

What are YOU writing next?

Laura

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Questions and more questions are coming up next…

For the next 3 days, we’ll be taking a little detour from the traditional marketing posts you’ve come to know and love on the Marcie Brock blog as I lead by example and follow my own writing prompts for the Author Blog Challenge.

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Day 26 writing prompt:

What is/will be the subject of your next book?

Of course you’ll find it difficult to believe that I – the person who scheduled the start of my work with a political campaign to overlap directly with running the Author Blog Challenge – would ever take on too much. I’ve been working at putting on the back burner the ideas that don’t need attention right away in order to focus on the things that take priority now.

To that end, this question of the next book feels hazy and challenging and makes me very sleepy. Nevertheless, it’s a question any publisher will ask you, so I’ll do my best to answer it here.

I have two streams of thought on this idea of a next book. The first is to take the 1,001 Real-Life Questions for Women and break them down into smaller booklets, according the broader categories into which the questions already are organized. I could then target specialty groups with each booklet, like Passion Parties with the sex and relationship questions; women’s finance groups with the money questions; and moms’ groups with the parenting questions.

As I write this, I realize I find that idea somewhat boring, which is probably the reason I didn’t break the book into categories in the first place. However, if I can go outside my own entertainment considerations for a minute, there may be some real marketing sense to it. Ah-ha: outsourcing! I’ll find someone to handle it and reap all the passive income rewards. I can live with that.

The second idea I have is to create a following for this book – yes, I realize that means I must first focus on sales – and then create a Volume 2, subtitled Questions from the Readers. Invariably when I talk to new people about the book, they try to pose topics or questions they bet I haven’t covered. About 50 percent of the time, I’ve asked the specific question they’re thinking of. But often, even if I’ve addressed the general topic, I haven’t come at it from the perspective they have in mind. And I say it right there in the book – there’s no way it captures EVERY potential situation. So there’s lots of room to do a volume 2. Maybe we’ll stop at 500½ Questions from the Readers. This one sounds much more fun to compile.

Both go on the back burner … for now.

Laura

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