Erik Larson, the author of one of my favorite books The Devil in the White City and Isaac's Storm, started a blog this year. Here's the beginning of his blog entry for July 7th:
I thought it was a great way to describe that void (yes, art quilters get them, too....) I'm watching him on C-Span's Q&A program right now, and he's talking about the responsibility & pressure that having a best seller like The Devil in the White City puts on him. He said because of that, any book he proposes will be taken seriously, but that means he has to be especially careful in what he proposes....Once again I'm stranded in the "dark country of no ideas," as a friend of mine once described it-that place where I end up after completing a book. For whatever reason, I never have a backlog of ideas waiting for me. At the point where I decide on a particular subject, yes, I'll have competing ideas, but once I make my decision, those other ideas wither and die.