The Next Story

The Boyhood of Raleigh

The Boyhood of Raleigh by Sir John Everett Millais, oil on canvas, 1870.

I’d never written a book before. Then I did. And now I’m wondering what to do next.

Besides get the book I’ve already written published, of course.

Because as important as the business side of writing is, it’s not as important as the writing part. Otherwise, I’d just go into business. And actually make money. But when you’re a creative artist—as I have been in one way or another my whole life—the creative part has to remain central.

So I’ve spent the last few months trying to figure out “the next book.” I’ve come up empty and I’ve been down on myself and my writing as a result. Then I realized something.

“The next book” was too big a concept. I needed something smaller. I needed to figure out “the next story.”

It could be long or short. It could be fact or fiction. Categories don’t matter. Genres don’t matter.

All that matter is the story. And the only way to find it is to write it.

Starting now.

Five Minute Friday


3 thoughts on “The Next Story

  1. Carrie Ann says:

    Congratulations on writing a book!! That is my goal, but is is a daunting one when you look at the whole book concept. You’re right, we just need to start writing and focus on the story!!


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