Category Archives: Writer’s Block

Settling On A New Project, Part Two

Earlier this year I posted about my very melodramatic journey to settling on a project. I’ve affectionately dubbed this the Year of Being Attacked By Plot Bunnies. I seriously love them all, but it’s overcrowded my brain to the point where I don’t want to look at them anymore. Lucky I have a bunch of ideas I haven’t looked at in a while, am I right? ๐Ÿ˜€

Things have been so chaotic in my brain this year, but it’s okay. Last year was super productive. I was so busy, I barely took the time to check in on my other ideas. So naturally, when I opened that gate, I got attacked en masse.

It made it impossible to settle down on something, and everything, writing-wise, became so overwhelming. And I can’t write when I’m stressed out! So naturally, if the plot bunny field was causing the stress problem, it makes sense to just ignore the whole lot, right? It does. They have to calm down. This is no way to treat your author! ^_^

My gut and muse have been wicked picky this year. The only way to truly settle down was to ask myself what I wanted to write. So simple, right? That might be the only tried and true method there is for me. Other methods might work once or twice, but to date, asking myself what I want is the only thing that works every time I do it. If only there was some way to remember this. ๐Ÿ˜€

Though I mostly want to have fun, it’s like I’m always trying to do something “different” and “challenge” myself and really, like, everything is fun and different and challenging in it’s own way. I have don’t to try so hard, you know. With the other two projects I’ve tried to work on since around June or so, I either couldn’t write at all, or I could write but couldn’t stop rewriting and hating everything.

And by “couldn’t write,” I mean, I didn’t even want to try, because that matters. If I don’t want to try, then why am I torturing myself?!! Like, stop.ย ^_^

So, what am I working on, you ask? Am I going to be vague, you ask? Nope. Not today. I’m working on a companion story to NO REST FOR THE WICKED, (currently dubbed “No Peace for the Weary”) and it is the absolute worst kind of franken-idea. Literally made out of my original sequel to NRFTW, the original companion idea to NRFTW, and the last vampire story I wrote back in 2012. Yes, there will be vamps, but no, they won’t be all over the place, because it’s not about them. ๐Ÿ˜›

Because of the way I’m brainstorming and planning, I don’t know if Tatum from NRFTW will actually show up. She’s in the background, working in the Underground and such, but I don’t know her if and the current MC are going to actually meet. If you’ve read NRFTW, you might recognize some of the overlapping side characters, though. ^_^

I have some interesting notes for this story, and by interesting, I mean, the way I wrote them. I don’t usually have to reference my notes at all, but that is not going to be the case this time. There’s a lot going on, and there are a lot of people with very specific roles. While it should be fine, because all this crap has been hiding in my brain somewhere, I have like super organized notes for probably the first time in my life.

Staying Focused and Such

One day, people, one day I will get through an entire novel without having some kind of crisis. Yes? I’ll wait patiently over there while you laugh hysterically. So, here’s what happened. Long story short, it’s because I don’t have an outline for this story. Usually, by this point in the process, I have a… Continue Reading

Brick Walls & Writer’s Blockage

Mileage varies on what it takes to get a story from conception to the end. Some people need to plot for weeks and weeks and others can start running right out of the gate. Some people, like myself, are consistently inconsistent, but it largely takes me a year or two to have something ready to… Continue Reading

That Time I Decided That Brainstorming Is The Best Thing Ever!

As you know, lastย week was Thanksgiving here in the US!! I got to see my favorite uncle and cousins, the only time of year I get to see them, and it’s always awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€ This year I got into a discussion about characterization and YA novels with one of my cousins, who’s like 22 now!… Continue Reading