I might not broadcast this very often, but alongside blogging, I do like to dip my feet into the fiction writing pool. I don’t don my writing cap enough to participate in writing events like NaNoWriMo but I admit that it does inspire me to keep the cap on and attempt to get words down on paper.
My problem is that once I start something, I write it for a while and then something happens, and I get stuck. It drives me bonkers because I always want to get through that sticky patch but I never can. Usually, I either end up scrapping the idea or returning to the beginning and rewriting it so I can go down a separate path instead. This also gets me nowhere because it is during this point when another idea pops into my head and I need to start writing that down.
Then I go through the same routine again.
It’s infuriating, because it means I have a few ideas that have started off decently, which are now been left by the wayside.
The difference is though, I have not written for months and I now want to get back into it, but I don’t know which idea to pick up again.
Currently, I have notes and passages for five different ideas:
1. A cursed village with a forest that comes alive – turning into people’s individual fears. (YA Contemporary/Magical Realism)
2. A teenager trying to come to terms with her deafness after being ill with meningitis. (YA Contemporary)
3. A diary of three sisters (two hearing, one Deaf) finding their place in the world – a discovery of sisterhood and harsh home truths. (YA Contemporary)
4. Twin witches trying to survive in a world that wants them dead. The magic in their world makes twins a rarety and because they survived birth, they have an enhanced form of magic that others covet. (YA Fantasy)
5. Witchcraft blood is considered an illness and disorder. Over time, society has created a number of treatments that can destroy and eradicate witchcraft, hoping that it can purify and limit the number of people born with witchcraft blood. (YA Fantasy/Dystopia)
Saying that, I have been doing quite a bit of research for idea number 2 so that could possibly be the one I get down on paper first. I also have a few characters sorted, and some thoughts on a few chapters.
Maybe what I have to do is start writing and see where the story takes me. Not forgetting not to give up and throw my notebook in the back of a drawer when I get stuck at a particular section.
For any fellow writers:
What are some of your tips and advice?
How do you go about making sure your project doesn’t sound too similar to any books already published?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!