Some days, especially when trying to move something towards a finish, the writing life seems to hold an awful lot of "NEXT". Idly riffling through the “NEXTS” in my head I find:
The Immediate NEXTS, the thoughts like:
What, today, should I do next?
What happens next in my work-in-progress?
What’s the best scene to write next?
When will I next get a gap for some writing time?
And . . .
The Bigger NEXTS, such as:
What kind of writing project should I do next?
What’s the next thing I want to write, next thing I should write?
Which of all the half-done things should I seize on next?
Should the next story be the same or different?
Sigh. Will there even be a next book?
And when will I next hear from x or y about z?
And also . . .
The Need to Know NEXTS that come nagging, like:
What’s the next big thing – and who’s the next big thing?
What’s next in the book-world calendar – Carnegie & Greenaway, Super Thursday, seasonal shut-downs, and more?
As well as . . .
The Practical NEXTS that pile up alarmingly, for example:
Which admin email should I deal with next?
What school event / library event is coming up next?
When will the next payment be in my bank account?
What shall I do next, if schools can’t fund visits any more?
And not forgetting the plaintive cry of : When are we eating next?
There’s many more . . . and I’m sure you could add to the list. Although “being in the moment” is the big self-help thing right now, how often those wretched NEXTS come rattling into the writing zone!
Meanwhile, and NEXT, something truly lovely to watch . . .