As a SciFi author, experiments should come naturally, as all we do is write about things that don’t exist yet, or may never materialise, and our job is to play with them and see what happens. Any SF book is one, and the science part of these stories are based on the results of other experiments before.
So I watched several author interviews on YouTube, because that’s what I enjoy. I also love biographies, history documentaries and heavy metal reaction channels. One such video session led me from Roald Dahl over George Orwell to Isaac Asimov (and after that, to Douglas Adams). Asimov is my hero, the man who wrote the Foundation series among other works I love, and when the video went over comments he made about why he could write as much as he could, several factors came up. He was a workaholic, writing from 7:30 all the way until 22:00, nonstop every day. His genetic makeup was surely helpful, but only in combination with amazing work ethics could he turn into such a… robot who even sped up as he got older. Asked how he could write so much, he gave a lot of answers, most of them in the vein of “I switch on my electrical typewriter, then move my chair close enough to the table so my fingers can reach the keys” — but he also mentioned that he usually gets bored with whatever it is he’s working on, and when that happens, he simply switches over to another project and continues to work on that (while he can gain some distance to the piece he put on hold, until he feels like continuing).
I’m a rather single-minded person, or so I believe. When I work on something, then that is what I’m doing, and anything else will only confuse me and cause problems. But there’s something about the idea of working on several things, even if it’s not actual writing, that piqued my interest, so I decided to give it a go. Should I be right, and it has detrimental effects, I can stop it anytime and put all future works on ice until their time comes.
So I have Synthesis in a pretty much final version, still waiting for the annotations, working on which would only comprise looking at, evaluating and implementing or discarding the proposed changes, which is hardly something I need to put a lot of work into. This would be the final polish, nothing major. At worst, I’ll spend a few days on that, once I get the notes, but right now, this is not under my control, and since I’m not in a hurry, I can rest knowing the book is already in good shape, and it’s written, which gives me peace of mind.
Pendulum’s rewrite requires some heavy lifting, more than half the novel will be written from scratch, so this is a proper work-in-progress type of project. Then there will be two more stories I want to work on, one named Gilead (starring Daniel from Emergent), and a yet unnamed story about a cast of characters on a fledgling colony planet, for which I have nothing concrete so far, but there are a few ideas I would like to explore.
That means my coming weeks will be busy creating outlines for two additional books, while rewriting Pendulum and, eventually, do the polish work for Synthesis.
Even if this experiment fails, I will have two outlined books waiting for me, which makes it easy to just sit down and get started. We will see. This is now my schedule for 2022.