How to decide what to write next… Tips from a Writing Consultant


As part of my ongoing tips from a writing consultant series, today I’m discussing a recent question that a writer asked me— how do you decide what to write next?

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What do I write next?

This is an interesting question. Specifically, the writer was trying to choose between several options. She had many ideas and she wanted to know what to write next among all the bright and shining options. 

1) If you already have books published (either traditionally or as an indie author), choosing what to write next might be as simple as deciding what your readers would most like to read next or which book is next in your series. 

For these next tips, let’s assume that your choice isn’t as obvious. 

2) You can decide which book sounds the most appealing to you. Writing is work, yes. But, you should enjoy what you’re writing. Which book sounds like it would be the most fun to write?

3) Decide what to write next based on what you have just finished. In point one, this would imply the next book in a series. For this point, though, I’m talking more about variety. If you’ve just written a very detailed story, with many complications, it can be refreshing to write a more straightforward story after one that is so layered.

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So many ideas! So much to write! 
4) You can write for the season. If you know that a book is going to be in the summer, you may wish to write that now, as your senses will be more attuned to the season. I tend to write in-sync with the seasons.  

5) Another option if you’re really unsure is to write short stories. Perhaps, you’ll want to experiment with new genres. This can help with describing things in new ways or experimenting with a new form of storytelling. You could write a short story about each idea and see which resonates the most with you to continue writing. 

6 )Or, you could explore the stories via another form- photography, painting, etc and see which is strongest to you. 

7) Or, you could write down what you know about each idea so faralmost like a list or chartand see which jumps out to you. 

Here are a few tips to help you decide what to write next. How do you decide? 

My best to you all,

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