The conundrum, the struggle, is real. The indecision can be paralyzing. There's the pressure to go in so many different directions...
1. follow the market 2. give in to the daughter's demands for that YA 3. track the temptations to write a thriller 4. finish the series 5. continue the series
Ack! At the bottom of it all, is there a right answer? I don't think so. But there are better answers.
For example, I can't move in the direction of the YA. As much as I love the story idea of time travel, my career has been adult romance, contemporary and suspense. Would it be smart to move in a new direction at such a newbie stage of my career? Doesn't matter that I've been writing for 14 years and have 8 books published. I'm practically a nobody. I'm not a best-selling author... so the big question would be, what if that happens on my one YA book? What would be the expectations for more? And what would happen to my romances and suspenses?On the other hand, if I end up writing a YA that rocks...would I want to go back? Is the risk worth it? Or do I stick it out in the vein a little while longer and see what's what?
Well, I wish I knew.
I've had a slow start to the year, working on a novella in order to keep my fingers limber and my brain working. But I will have to move on eventually. And I'm still not sure which door to pick.