They say the thing to do when you're waiting for a response on your book is to start writing the next book. Which is fine, and makes sense, and now that I've had a few weeks of not writing, I think I need to start again. Among other things, I've been getting into a really foul mood by 5-ish most days this past week, and having to work hard not to snap at Kevin or the kids, and I think it's because my days are entirely taken up by housework and renovation and teaching (plus prep / grading), with some small breaks for reading other peoples' books.
Reading other people's books is relaxing, but also frustrating, because if they're bad books I wonder why they got published, and if they're good books, I wonder if I could write something that good. In either case, the cure for frustration is pretty clearly doing my own writing, rather than just fretting about it.
But I've run into a small dilemma, in that it feels sort of potentially futile to start working on book two of a trilogy when I'm not sure if book one will be published. If no one wants to publish book one, then book two is just doomed. Unless I want to try to self-publish, which I might, but honestly, that's a lot of extra time and energy and effort, for likely not a lot of reward, and it feels sort of silly to invest a lot of time into that right now. When I could, alternatively, start writing a completely different stand-alone novel. Something that wouldn't be continent on the success of book one of a trilogy. Probably something aimed at adults, more mainstream literary.
Ugh. I'm just not sure which project makes more sense. Probably I'll end up writing book two, if only because I have some urgency to finish writing that story regardless of publication chances, and I know exactly where I want to go with it in books two or three. And I only have the vaguest idea of what other stand-alone books I might want to write. I'm not ready to go back to working on the memoir / travelogue. But maybe I should develop a stand-alone book idea? I just don't know.
Do you guys have any requests? Or advice?