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I have the same thing rushing through my brain every ten seconds! I have 7 books in planning, and 150 +/- characters that I know rather well. I also have tons of stories that I don’t have time to write down so my advice to you is, go with what character you love best and follow their story. I’m writing a book right now that has my favorite character in it, I know him down to what he would think of Earthlings (it’s sci-fi in another galaxy). because I know him so well, my book and the books that follow his story are usually better than my attempts at others with new protags. Also, knowing my MC so well means I can focus a little more on plot and SC’s. When an idea comes to you, just write it down for later (or in my case get tired of holding a pen because you’ve been doing that and a crochet hook all day and so just stuff it up in your brain until you get so tired of remembering things that you eventually write it down.)
Working on more than one project? my brain bounces between ruts of different characters, A week ago I was thinking about my fantasy, Terry Darr and tis week I’m really building on my sci-fi Akin. But when it comes to writing and not mentally figuring out their stories by playing scenes until they feel right, I can’t seem to do it. I’m trying to write the first drat of the next book about Nahim (my current book MC) and while I am making progress on it, it is going slower than the first book’s draft. If I set my shoulders in the harness and actually work at it, I could do it but I have some revision that needs to be done, homeschool season coming up, machine embroidery to figure out how to digitize, working at a horse stable, piano, and the all around whatever Ru Eis does. I’m a girl of the Arts. So although this is rather long, I hope it’s helpful.
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