Jacqueline Vick is the author of the Frankie Chandler Pet Psychic series and the Harlow Brothers series. You can find out more about her here, visit her website here, see her last post here, and see her books here.
There is a vast, dark void that terrifies writers of every ilk. Writer’s Block. The place where elusive ideas taunt the creative mind, deftly avoiding capture. But have you heard of its evil twin, Author Overload? The mental space where new concepts for books and series pelt the author until her idea board looks like it’s been hit by a graffiti artist?
More often than not, I’m suffering from the latter. Let me give you a peek inside my disorganized mind.
I’m working on my current Frankie Chandler mystery. Three ideas are floating around for future books. But wait. What about the Harlow Brothers mysteries? No worries. I have the next two outlined in my head.
Here comes Evan Miller knocking, and he a great idea for turning his standalone, The Body Guy, into a series. And standing next to him is Father McCallister with the same request for An Unhealthy Attachment. The Wilder Women of Family Matters called dibs a long time ago.
But what about the script that is this close to being finished. Thank Heaven they came out with the movie, Free Guy, which is similar to a different script I have in my drawer. But is the movie really that similar to my script? Maybe, with a few changes…and the play, A Streetcar Named Death, just needs one more pass before I send it to community theater groups.
And I have a new mystery series idea, one I think you will REALLY like. I’ve started the research.
So, what’s an author to do when there are so many projects and so little time? (I do like to eat and sleep.)
- Prioritize by how near completion each idea is. Finish up the near done before starting those projects still in the idea phase.
- Review projects for value. That’s right. It’s a dirty secret. Writers like to be paid for their work. If the series is going well, then the next in the series takes priority over turning an unknown standalone into a series.
This might set off a panic in the creative writer, a fear that those brilliant ideas you set aside will waste away. Take heart. You can always turn to one of them to jump-start your creativity if sibling number one, Writer’s Block, ever shows up.