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What Book Should I Finish Writing This Summer?

What Book Should I Finish Writing This Summer?

There was a short-lived series by Mercedes Lackey – Diana Tregarde – in which the lead character was a writer. At one point in the story she is giving a speech at a school and describing her writing practice of having three projects in play at any one time – A book she is actively writing, one that she is editing, and another in the planning stages.

I have always wondered if that little bit wasn’t a bit autobiographical instead of simply fiction. In any case, it appealed to me. And when you consider my insanely high number of interests and projects that I have in play at any one time, it totally sounds like me!

So I’m finishing the final touches on War’s End: A Brave New World – the sequel that will finish the story I began with War’s End: The Storm. This is huge, especially when you consider how long ago I wrote the snippet that started this little literary odyssey – way back in 1993.

Since then I’ve started a lot of different stories and books. And there are several in various stages of completion. I’ve even started and finished other book projects, including two non-fiction books.

So which project do I choose to begin working on this summer? Or even earlier?

As I discussed in this post: www.bubblews.com/news/2824216-summer-planning-for-the-kiddo-and-me-too, I’m going to have some time built-in for writing.

I’ve got a lot of projects to choose from, but I’ve narrowed it down to three main possibilities. Here they are:

The Chronicles of Liv Rowan – This is a big series. An extremely ambitious one, if I do say so myself. I actually fleshed out the outlines for TWELVE books and I’ve written about 34,000 words so far in Book 1. I have a crapton of notes to go with it as well. This is a fantasy series focusing on a girl who suddenly finds herself in an alternate world, is hailed as a savior of sorts, and finds herself imbued with magical powers she does not understand. She is tasked with saving a village’s children, who are dying of a mysterious fever.

Gliese 581 and/or The Plague Tales – I’m not sure which one to tackle first, but these stories go hand-in-hand and include space travel on one side, with a world-wide devastating plague on the other. Again, I have copious notes, some 40+ pages of them, and have at least three books in mind, with one begun. It is currently at around 15,000 words.

Quit Your Job, Change Your Life: 40 Steps Towards a More Fulfilling Life – This is a non-fiction project I began working on when I was taking life coaching training three years ago. I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. I’ve written about half of it, and it currently stands at 50,000 words.

So what do YOU think? Which project should be on my summer writing goal list?