Well, I started work on my third book in the Armoth Cycle recently, but I haven't been feeling it. I like the story, and I want to finish the series again, but I also feel the pressure to write something new. This same feeling applies to my Martin Mason series. I've written and done a lot of editing on the first books in each series. And while writing the other books is rewarding in a way, I can't help but feel it's not moving me closer to being published.
I have so many ideas floating around in my head. Characters, scenes, conflicts. But none of them ever seem to come together into an actual story. This leads me to wonder if I can actually come up with other ideas. What if I only have those two series in me? I've been working on the Armoth Cycle in various forms for more than seven years. The Martin Mason series has been on my radar for close to two years now. I love both these series, but if I want to get published, I need to write something new.
This also brings me to me tendency to want to turn everything into a series. I try again and again to think of ideas for standalone books, but they all turn into series. I'm a quick writer, so I can handle the workload of writing series, but I come once again to the whole publishing thing. I'm at a point in life where I feel so much pressure to make something come of my writing. I still want it to be fun, but I also want to know I'm truly working towards getting something published.
Maybe I'll do some more editing of the first book in the Armoth Cycle. I'm not sure about the opening chapter. I want to make sure it can really grab the reader's interest. I might also try to make the writing better in some places. I often feel like my writing is a little on the plain side. Yes, there's something good about being straightforward, but I don't know.
I'm not sure where this post is going. I just know I'm getting tired of working on the same projects all the time. I won't feel like a real writer until I write something else or get something published. It's like I have a creative block that keeps me from committing to any other ideas.
Any suggestions on how to get over this block?