It’s the best way to put off finishing your book – come up with an idea for a new one. You feel much better putting down ideas and scenes and fragments of conversation for the new one. It doesn’t feel like avoidance at all. Which it is. But in a good way.
So I’m at that excited stage. The slog is some way off. There’ll be some research, but it’s manageable.
It has a name, a working title at least. But I’m not telling you what it is yet. And it’s completely different from Blackwatertown in these ways, at least.
- This time it’s set in the present day, or a couple of years hence, rather than the 1950s.
- It’s set in London rather than the Irish border.
- There’ll be some sleuthing, but the hero is not a peeler.
- None of my past generations played any part in the inspiration.
- There’s a lot more scope for inserting the characters of people I’ve had dealings with, rather than just a name here and there. So coming up with villains could be fun.
In the meantime, here’s A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything (especially European/north American and involving weapons)