Last week, several ideas of a new story came to my mind. It was exciting. I mean, when is it NOT exciting to have new story ideas bloom in your brain? It’s a fantastic feeling, right?
I started writing down notes on this new story. Many thoughts and many questions. What’s the core of this story? What’s the main character ARC? And what about this idea or that one for the storyline?
Then it dawned on me that I was steering outside the usual path of women’s fiction genre I write to one I’d never really driven on before. Looking up the genre I believed my story ideas fell into, revealed it to be in the speculative and dystopian fiction realm.
I cringed a bit because I’ve never been into sci-fi, fantasy, or dystopian stories. From the stories I’ve read on my online critiquing site, I do have an interest in certain paranormal stories. And, I have to admit, one of my fellow critiquers writes King Arthur fantasy, and her story won me over through her excellent writing. But these examples are exceptions, not the norm in my regular reading regimen.
A few days ago, I finished writing the first chapter to this new story, and I loved it. I read it to my sons and husband. They loved it.
I have notes on where I want the story to go. But I’ve not been able to get back to the story and write it.
Now, how often has that happened to us writers? Pretty often, right? So, I wasn’t too surprised, but it still frustrated me.
Then I thought, “I just need to get to writing. Start the next chapter.”
That’s how I was able to finish up my last novel that took a year and a half to write. I had to push myself to start each chapter, even though I knew what I needed to write. The writing would start out slow, dull, and mechanical, like I was just writing to get the words down. And I was. However, around mid page, the creativity started to pour out, and I became immersed in the scene.
So, with my own experiences, I can use them and tell myself to “Just start writing”.
Try it if you haven’t already, my fellow writers. Just put words down on the paper or on the Word document.
Wish me luck on this new project. I’m hoping it comes out to be worthy of future readers.