Well, sort of.
I shared with a friend recently that starting something new was one of the hardest things. You know, in the same way that writer’s block is the hardest thing. Or writing queries. Or getting rejections. Or waiting for feedback.
Okay, so I guess it’s just a hard thing.
This time around I’ve gotten lucky, though. My current novel idea came to me before I even finished writing the last one. I mean, totally came to me – not just some random, vague idea. I’ve got the premise, I’ve got the primary characters, I’ve got the journey, and the purpose.
Of course, I’m missing a lot of the character names (except for the main character – her name is Ellie, in case you wanted to know – I have a couple of others, but they’re still changeable. Ellie, however, has made her name clear) and pretty much all of the scenes, which is part of why starting something new is so hard. I know what I want, but I don’t know how to get there, yet. I want to write, but I just don’t know what to write, yet. Some would say to just push my way through and write anything because you can’t edit what isn’t written. They aren’t wrong, but that’s just not how I write.
The larger piece is that it’s still too new. None of the characters are really living in my head, yet. Ellie and her partner are just starting to move in by giving me several stories about their relationship that don’t feel directly important to the plot, yet, but in writing this post, I’ve finally determined that I should just start writing that miscellaneous stuff just for the sake of getting them to unpack and settle into my brain. With that process will come the rest, and I’ll be on my way.
I’ve been in this position before, and I know it will all start falling into place and I’ll gain my momentum and then just go back to expounding on things in the writing process that I may or may not know anything about. Each week, something more falls into place and each day I think of my characters a little more, nesting them into my brain.
I’m just antsy, really. I just want to write. And here is where I remind myself of what else I can be writing while I wait for the Big Idea to fully take over. Finish the little story I started a long time ago that is more than flash fiction, but less than a short story. Write the synopsis for Instant Rice. Buy myself Storymatic and flex the random storytelling muscles. In other words, stop whining and be flexible.
It’ll all work out. The story will come, and the words will spill onto the page once more and become a full-fledged work-in-progress.
Are you someone who has ideas that never stop coming and therefore always have something to write? How do you approach your next project, whatever it might be?
Hey, remember “Alice”? “There’s a new girl in town….” 🙂