The way I pick a writing project is something like making myself a bet. You know, ‘I bet you can’t write…
a detective story
a science fiction story
a children’s book.
A good way to exercise. A good way to come up with a 3,000 word something or other. But no way to write a novel. What I need to do is set out in the very beginning to write a epic novel. Like Ken Follett. Pillars of the Earth. Fall of Giants.
But I don’t want to be constricted by history. I don’t want to do the research. It could be like history but a need a different time, a different setting. Something like…
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Yeah, that’s it. It could be about this big evil empire and a rag tag band of rebels who are trying to defeat them. There would be space ships and androids and cool swords that look like a column of light. And there could be this space station about the size of a small moon that had enough power to blow up a whole planet.
That’s the ticket. Something completely new and original.
No, no. Forget it. That’s crazy. Nobody would buy it.
Maybe a story about this professor of archeology who is really an adventurer and seeker of lost artifacts. And one day these government people come to him and…