After much thought, consideration of my fellow bloggers advice, chocolate,
and some hair-pulling, I've finally made up my mind which novel will get my full attention come September.
It isn't Dreaming of Sleep. Whilst I will be using the next 14 weeks to complete my first draft of this book, and finish both my own and Myron's journey, I've still got that constant gnawing feeling - call it gut instinct - telling me it is too dark and too complicated - the central theme and plot rely to heavily on hard science for my liking. It isn't fantastical enough. It is more about an idea than the characters, and I don't like that. However, I do agree with all those who urged me to finish it. It needs to be written, and there is no reason why I can't come back to it in the future.
The novel I will be writing, and preparing for over the next 14 weeks, will be Cosmic Seed. A lot of you asked me which one I was passionate about, and this is the one. It's a bit like experiencing my first crush; I keep getting that excited nervous-sensation every time I think about it, which I have not had with Dreaming of Sleep. I already have a rough idea for the plots of all three novels in the trilogy, and I'm also hoping that if the first one is accepted for publication there will be more chance of publishing the second and third.
So, there it is. The decision has finally been made. My aim during my 12-week work break will be to write and edit Cosmic Seed, and then submit it to Maria Zannini for the manuscript critique I won earlier in the year.
I am working on my back cover blurb and will post it soon. In the mean time, here is my mock cover for those who haven't seen it before:
What was the toughest writing decision you've ever had to make?