One of my goals between now and The Mirage‘s publication is to figure out what novel I want to write next. I’ve got some specific ideas I’ll be blogging about, but first, a more general question. Mostly by chance, I’ve developed a reputation for never writing in the same genre twice, and I’d like to continue that if I can. So here’s a list of possibilities I’m considering. Pick your favorite (or two if you like):
*A “forking paths story” is one that contains a crucial branching point—where the protagonist does or does not catch a bus, calls heads or tails, decides to turn east, north, or west—after which the narrative splits to show the consequences of each of the different branches. Examples include Carol Anshaw’s novel Aquamarine and the movie Sliding Doors.