I’ve been working on an idea for a book for a while now. The book would be called, Sugar Free, and would be about a band that is created to protest current politics. Kind of an up-to-date CSNY. But then Daisy Jones and the Six came out and I sort of put the book away. There was already a book out there about a band.
Well, I didn’t pay much attention to Daisy Jones and the Six and I should have. First of all, it’s not set in present day. Second, it’s written in multiple voices. So, now I wish I had continued with my book, because it is nothing like the other book on a band that just came out. My book is current. My book is in first person. My book is told in one voice.
The point is, though, it’s so easy when you’re working on a book to get discouraged. You say to yourself, “Someone’s already done this,” or “That idea will never fly.” There’s always a reason for not working on your own work. It’s so easy to come up with reasons to stop. So hard to keep going. I’m going to stop stalling now, and start working on my latest new book.
The thing is, I have two other books in progress and both are almost finished. One is the second book in a series, called Bear Trapped. This one is Bear Trapped: Blowback and I will self-publish it. It was fun to write and I hope the series will be entertaining.
Then, I am also finished with the first draft of a semi-autobiographical novel called “Triad” which I want to get an agent for. That one needs a lot of work, but at least it is complete.
So why would I turn around and start working on a brand new book? Because the new material is always the most important. You can rewrite old stuff anytime. But the new books, the new poems, the new stories, in my humble opinion, come out of nowhere. They appear like little bursts of sunlight through the trees, and if you don’t catch them while you can, they’ll be gone. You can spend your life editing material you’ve already captured, but don’t let those new sparkles escape!