Thought I would give you an update on my writing world lately. As previously mentioned, I finished the first draft of my latest work in progress about 10 days ago. I have gone through part of it, tidying up sentences and thoughts, moving around sections and even deleting and replacing parts to make sure it works. It is a gratifying process, but a scary one, because now I know that in a few days I will hand it over to a few of my friends for critiques.
But even while that goes on, my mind is also kept busy plotting and planning the next projects I will work on.
Story ideas are not difficult for me to come by. Every time I have one, no matter how big or small, I write it down.When I come up with more ideas later, I add it to the notes I have for it. I have imaged dozens of stories I want to write, but today I am comfortable with more than 20 of them. I have a mix of series and single titles running through my head. Most are adult, but I even have a few young adult books. They cross genres, apparently a big no-no for branding that I choose to ignore.
At the pace I am going, if I continue writing one a year, I will have
material until I am 50. That's if I never have another story idea again. I don't plan to keep going that slowly. I can't afford to, really.
What can I do to give those ideas life sooner than later?
There is no simple answer, at least not one I know. The only way to do it, is to keep writing. Keep trying. Keep creating. Take it one project at a time, without forgetting the other ideas. Those characters depend on me to have life, right?
It can be challenging to find the time to do it. I work a full-time job, I have one or two books to read and review weekly (Not to mention the ones I do for fun -- I read the Hunger Games trilogy earlier this week and my mind is still blown, but that's another story). I can list other obstacles that get in the way of giving me time to work, but there is no point. I just have to make the time, right?
One way I like to keep my focus on my story wherever I am, is by carrying around a small notebook and pen in my purse. Combined with my iPhone, I have resources that enable me to jot down ideas as I have them. Sometimes I write a few ideas for plot lines. Other times, I might write lines of dialogue. Regardless of what I do, it keeps me thinking about my story, and I can do it whenever I have a few moments to spare.
Like I said, this is an exciting time. I'm story-telling, and that's the best.
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