I am going to make a completely unreasonable suggestion to the content creators who read this blog and I would like you to seriously consider it.
I am going to try an experiment for one year, from August of 2018 to August of 2019. I want you to join me.
No sequels. No series. No Book X of The Chronicles Of This And That.
Every character, every setting, every story an original one.
For one year.
Short stories, novels, whatever you create. I know that some of you are no doubt in the middle of a project and don’t want to set it aside. Fair enough.
But just imagine it. If for one year all of the creative energy that went into writing fiction went into building fresh worlds and coming up with something brand new. Where would that take us?
Sure, it’s scary to blaze a trail, and there’s a lot of pressure to keep going on an established route. A lot of readers want the familiar, and the publishing business for last few decades has trained them to expect that any story they like is going to have a dozen more just like it.
Consider the possibilities, though. Instead of being locked into a room with your creations, seeing the same faces and hearing the same names, suppose that you could break out. Into… who knows where. Someplace you’ve never dreamed of before.
Just one mortal year. From August to August commit to making every new project a new project, something that doesn’t ride on the coattails of what has gone before.
Think about it.