How often do writers encounter a wrinkle of one sort or another and wonder, “So what do I do now?”
When I was writing my very first middle grade book on an obscure figure from history I was shocked to find my character featured in another middle grade book by a well-known children’s writer. I was devastated. I figured my story was already done. My big question was, “So what do I do now?” Happily I stepped back and realized that the story treatment was very different from mine and that my concept offered a series that was a unique presentation. I kept plowing forward and not only finished the book but found a publisher for the series.
We come across many a situation where we ask the question. Let me describe a couple. . .
Wrinkle: Say you are a writer who has been slaving away on a steampunk novel only to read that steampunk is dead in the water.
So what do I do now?