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Here I am, struggling to write the next book in the saga of Edward and Marianne, when I keep getting these seemingly great ideas for other novels. Do I stick with what I’m working on or do I follow the muse? Is the muse for real, or just another form of work avoidance? What if I follow the new idea only to a] find that it wasn’t developable (at least at this time) or 2] once away I can’t come back to the story I really want to write?

At this point, these two new ideas look really good and really promising. But I never know for sure until I get down into the “hard writing” process: actually typing out words and trying to bring things to conclusions and all that jazz. And it’s not the same with every book. “The Woman Caught” practically wrote itself. “The Return of the Nice Guy”, though, took me twenty years of fitful starts before “magically clicking overnight”.

Some stories I have to toss around in my mind and ruminate on for a while before I can even begin to put things down. These, though, I want to start typing write (ha!) away. But I also want to stay in my Edward & Marianne frame of mind. And let’s not forget that I have a life to live and a job to do and a family I’d really rather spend time with than write, anyway.

Any suggestions?

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About Sam White

Samuel Ben White (“Sam” to his friends) is the author of the newspaper comic strip “Tuttle’s” (found at and doctortuttle,com) and the on-line comic book “Burt & the I.L.S.”. He is married and has two sons. He serves his community as a chaplain with hospice. Contact him at In addition to his time travel stories, Sam has also written and published detective novels, a western, three fantasy novels and four works of Christian fiction.

One Response to “New Books to Write”

  1. Lavenia Couto

    What’s up, I read your blogs on a regular basis. Your story-telling style is witty, keep doing what you’re doing!