"So what are you doing next?” It’s kind of a weird question most writers face, that “What’s next on your list?” question.
Even though I just finished the long process of writing another novel (and, believe me, it’s a long process), the pressure’s on, so I’d better start figuring it out. And, of course, if my new novel flops, then I’ll be the one asking myself what I have next on my list? Sort-of an act of vindication, I suppose.
I like writing fiction, once I get going. It’s just that “get going” part that always gets in the way, so to speak. Most writers, by nature, procrastinate with their writing because it’s such a draining experience. You pour everything into the process of bringing your characters and place to life.
“Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay,” Southern writer Flannery O’Connor once said.
Flannery O’Connor in 1947