So, for a while, as some of the people who know me well will know, I have consider my romance/drama "All The Odd Things" to be my debut novel. It's been the main candidate for first publish ever since I started writing scenes of it for my best friend. I decided; "heck, I'm already writing it, why stop now?' But recently, I had another idea.
It's called Strange Days. Like a number of my ideas, it includes elements from previous scrapped ideas. And I started writing a prologue for it and I'm really pleased with the plot and character outlines I have. The main consideration between them is impact.
Something I quickly realized early on about ATOT is that with two gay narrators and a romance plot between them, it's kind of intimate for a straight guy. If it was one character, it probably wouldn't be an issue. But I'm going in-depth with sex and love here. I'm not sure it's good for my future career to start with a book that screams "I am gay!!!" before I get a job. I'm extremely against being closeted, but maybe I should wait till I have a decent, reliable job if not my ideal career before I go screaming it from the rooftop. Should I do it with a pseudonym? I could publish it as Oscar Leigh I guess. The thing is this other book has a gay main character, but he's one of multiple leads, and it's a secondary plot point at best. And it's actually the writing style I prefer, ATOT is first-person present-tense diary like. I'm instinctively what I call "third-person switch" which is quite different. So perhaps it would be better to save ATOT till I've got some experience writing in my normal style before I experiment?
What do you guys think? I'm happy to elaborate if you need more info.
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