If you had time, I’d ask you to read all my manuscripts and tell me which one is the best. It feels like an insanely important decision, except it isn’t, is it? I have too many choices. It was easy when only one novel had been written.
As a kid I had elaborate systems to help me make decisions. What choices had I made before and what choices would I have to make in the future? Who else was involved in the decision and how would they react? What were all the possible outcomes and how much did they weigh in good and in bad? I went through this with all kinds of choices, from “What do you want for dinner?” to “Which parent do you want to live with?”
Maybe the judge who asked me the latter has never left my head.
But when I talk to you, Dear Llama, about trying to decide what manuscript to choose, it feels much less dramatic. Sometimes we don’t need someone to have the answer. We just need someone to listen.
Why Dear Llama? Go here.
If you look above at “Opening Chapters,” you can read some of the stories I’m choosing between and chime in if you want.
Thanks for reading!