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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? πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜€

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.Β ^_^

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. πŸ˜›

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.


  • Tonja Drecker

    Never underestimate the power of plot bunnies πŸ™‚ Mine aren’t settling nicely either, and I find myself bouncing back and forth between 3 stories. But I’m glad you’re hitting a continuation to NRFTW (if I may selfishly say that). But whatever plot bunny wins out, carrots to them! Good luck!

    • Krystal Jane

      Thank you! Lol! I should feed them carrots. Maybe that will help. πŸ™‚ I’m having fun with the new project so far, so that’s good. Fun goes a long way.

  • Michelle Athy

    I have a couple of plot bunnies, but they’re research heavy in different ways and I really need to plot them. So it’ll be a while until they’re remotely ready to go. Working on the short story today, then I can see if I want to continue outlining or drafting.

    • Krystal Jane

      I wish I liked to do research. Anything that needs even a little bit takes 10x longer to brainstorm because I end up spreading my ten minutes of research out over a year or more. >.<

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