Your Next Novel


Since my last post I’ve been more silent (or at least more lost in my thoughts), thinking about my next novel. Or, in reality, my next next novel. I thought by already having the book after Clara and Claire planned I would feel some kind of relief. But instead over the past few days I’ve been wondering about what comes next.

When I first started my new blog on WordPress, I did a series of posts about writing your next story. Looks like I need to go back to those and perhaps take my own advice. But once you’re actually searching for your next book –whether it’s the next one, or the second to next, etc–it’s easier said than done. I’ve found myself searching on Pinterest for inspiration and looking to books and music. Honestly anything to grab an idea and run with it.

And perhaps that’s the hardest part to explain to anybody. It’s easy to grab the beginning of an idea, but it’s much harder to actually dedicate yourself to that single idea. There’s actually so many ideas and possibilities that at times it’s downright overwhelming. I’ve only grasped at ideas and characters, but I don’t think I have anything solid right now that I feel confident with.

But I’ve been trying to remind myself, and others from this, that this doesn’t mean you lose all hope because it doesn’t work out after a few days of trying. With Clara and Claire I actually didn’t feel confident with the story until this time last year. Sometimes you really do just have to take a leap of faith and see where it takes you.

NaNoWriMo is quickly approaching –way faster than I’m prepared for–and that offers a lot of hope too. I want to talk more about the pros and cons of NaNo in a later post, but that’s also a great opportunity to take an idea and literally run with it. 50k in a month with a story you barely know? Yeah, why not! (But make sure you have a lot of coffee…)

I thought in this post I might give more tips on how to plan out your next novel, but perhaps this ended up being more of a reflection. The writing world is huge. The possibilities when it really comes down to what you want to write are endless. Whether you’re creating a world from scratch or relying on history, there’s a lot to work with and a lot of resources. (Shoutout to Twitter for answering my questions about steampunk this week!)

Every writer does their job differently. Some have multiple books planned out over a certain timeframe. And then there’s people like me who might only have one book at a time planned (unless I’m working on a series). Part of this new adventure with Clara and Claire is diving into the unknown and scary reality of not being attached to a series (like I was before with the Magician series). I don’t have four books all at least planned out in front of me. I just have this one and the plot and purpose of my next one. Other than that, it’s anyone’s guess where I go from here.

Hopefully this was helpful to someone who’s in the same position as me right now. And even if it wasn’t, I hope it at least gives you more insight into the work going on inside my head. Thanks for reading what might be the rantings of a thoughtful writer during a crazy busy month!

Lindsey Richardson

P.S. I’m now on Goodreads as Lindsey R. Sablowski AND Lindsey Richardson. Most of you already know about my account under the name Sablowski, but here’s the Lindsey Richardson one if you want to follow me there too.


Last month was huge for me, especially for my series. When I released my books in the Magicians series I didn’t plan out the release dates. It just so happened to turn out that a majority of the self published ones (books 2-4) all came out during the summer. And so last month and this month Timehop has been graciously reminding me of the release parties, cover reveals, and blog tours. All these memories really leave me thinking…

Reflection is such an important thing for an author. For anyone honestly, but especially for writers. Reflecting allows us to take a step back and see where we started and where we are today. It allows us to reevaluate our goals and perhaps also be inspired. 

Over 5 years ago I shared Cursed With Power for the first time online (on Inkpop). I shared it with complete strangers, and I honestly feel I have the writing community to thank for where I am today. The fact that websites like Inkpop and Wattpad led me to reaching my goals in ways I never imagined is heart warming to say the least. It makes me want to hug everyone who ever read the book before it was published. 

July was a reminder of how the Magicians series came to life. Slowly and then all at once. An idea and then four entire novels. A character and then entire lives of characters in the stories. So much happened… And it leaves me wondering even more about what awaits in the future. 

I wanted to take the time to thank everyone who’s been a part of this journey. Whether you joined at the start (since I started writing) or you’re more recent, everyone has made an impact. I’m seriously so thankful for all of you. I love what I do! 

Lindsey Richardson