I’m between projects right now. Just finished up a huge book (420+ pages) that was the second part of a duology that I’ve been preoccupied with for over three years. While I’ve given that over to beta readers and giving my mind a break from it so I can edit it somewhat fresh, I’m looking for the next idea.
New ideas are tricky things, because by virtue of them being new we think they are good.
But more often than not, they’re just new, not good.
So how is one supposed to tell the difference? The answer I’ve found is that you flat out can’t. You simply can’t distinguish the good from the bad at first blush.
So, what do you do? You run with the idea you think works best.
But the truth is, half way through the metaphorical bull ride, you may find out you’re not riding a bull. You’re not riding a bull at all.
Which can be flat out awkward. You can try to make the best of it, but most times there’s no best there at all, just garbage adrift on a sea of mediocrity.
So, what do you do then? What else? You cast aside the bad…
And get back in the saddle.
After all, you never know when the next great idea is going to hit you…