I’ve been neglectful of my blog the past month. Partly, because my personal life has been a bit hectic. But mostly, it’s because of my current work in progress.
Four weeks ago, while 23,000 words into another manuscript, I came across an idea that wouldn’t let go. All you writers out there know the ones – they start out with an idea that quickly turns into a million ‘what-ifs.’ The story consumes you. Sleep doesn’t come easy. The story and the characters invade your mind and soon, there’s such excitement that you just have to stop everything and at least hammer out a high-level outline. Snippets are next.
And they just keep coming! That turns into just the first chapter. And another, and another. You go back and read them and they just… shine. Like most writers, even the best ideas are suspect. We look back and think, “Not bad, but is it good enough?” Writers are always full of self-doubt when it comes to a WIP. It’s the ones that you go back and the whole concept, the whole feel of it has you thinking, “Damn!” And you read it several times over wondering if that glitter you see if real gold. Unquestionably, it is. Now, it’s just a matter of Can you pull this off? Are you good enough to write this?
That’s when you start to wonder if you’re really onto something.
I think I am. I really do. I threw the first few chapters past a couple critique partners asking their opinions on such a story and how I’d presented it. They’re honest, which is why I adore them so much. And both of them loved the idea as much as I did. The world building on this story has been rather thrilling to work on. The characters, despite the problems they face have kept me intrigued. The plot and subplots are well-rounded and compliment the characters and their world. I had a blast writing the last story I finished – it’s pure story, was loads of fun to write, and hopefully, to read. The story and the characters made me smile and laugh – and they still do. I love every one of them through and through.
And this story? Apocalyptic dystopian YA with a twist to be blunt, but still redeeming in the end. Edgy for sure. It feels somewhere between commercial and literary. This story has challenged me to write a bit differently than I normally do, including voice and style, which in itself is exciting – I’m growing as a writer and I’m loving every minute of it. What writer doesn’t like to take their abilities to the next level?
With some effort, I’ll have the first draft complete by mid June. There’s a bit of work after that to ensure I’ve captured and maintained that first chapter’s voice, but it’ll be worth every ounce of effort. I’m looking forward to the weekends, early mornings, and late nights. I hope I can do this story justice. I hope I can become the writer it needs.
And so, dear reader, I’ve been neglectful. I know every writer out there understands. Right?