Should a writer try to capitalize on their success with a stand alone novel by writing a sequel? Is it better to take a break from your latest novel and write a new book with different characters? At what point do you say to yourself, hey, I’ve got too many new projects going and should just focus on one?
As some of you may know, I have a freelance writing gig for a large newspaper, but love writing other things, especially crime/horror novels. Sometimes it is difficult to write what I have to in order to get paid when my characters in a new book are beckoning to me to write the next chapter. To make things even more difficult, I often have several novels all going at the same time in my head – it is like having a crazy nightclub that is open 24/7 in my brain. I am organized, however, and have notebooks with character sketches, chapter outlines, book outlines for each book.
I’m curious if there are others out there that do this, and if so, how do you manage it? Do you simply put all of the other books aside and concentrate on one, or do you let the characters all run amok in your brain?