For all of my longtime readers and subscribers, I'm sorry I haven't been updating my blog as frequently in this new year as I had hoped, but things are in a transition for me as a writer and as a person in general.
I've decided to shelve Untitled 9 for the time being. The idea of it is sound, but looking at my first two manuscripts, I've decided that maybe it's just too complicated and too ambitious for an unknown author like myself. Something simpler, shorter and to the point is more appropriate for an unknown like myself, and that's what I'm going to do.
I've been busy thinking about a lot of things, and well, I've been busy getting things set up for a *new* work in progress (WIP for short).
Untitled 10, or "Ten" as I've dubbed it in honor of my favorite incarnation of the Doctor from Doctor Who, now has a place of honor as my current WIP on the desktop. For the last week or so, I've been doing all of the "pre-writing" stuff for it, from character descriptions/personalities, how the characters meet and why, the setting/town it will take place in, and other things. The best of it is, I managed to get a detailed outline written up and I am going to stick to it. No extras, no sudden plot twists, no huge mysteries for the main characters, and not a zillion tons of baggage for the leads. Short, simple and to the point, not the ultra complex epics I have written in the past.
I'm not going to say *what* led me to the change of direction with my writing other than "I have my reasons" and it's "strictly confidential". Those who matter know, and that's as far as I'm going to delve into it publicly.
I have the prologue for Ten written - ultra rough draft, of course - and this week, I hope to get things moving in the main body of the story. Now that I know exactly where I'm going with this one and how I want things to play out, I'm feeling a lot better and can't wait to start getting into it!
I think that's part of the problem I was having with Untitled 9 as well. I had no clear idea on where that story was going to go other than a "general and foggy overview" and the more I tried to force it, it kept getting more and more unclear to me... Plus I don't think I was destined to write that particular story at this time, and am supposed to take my writing in another direction, and hone my raw writing skills and talent in the meantime.
I have learned a lot since the year started, notably within the last week. I didn't know as much as I thought I did, I was too arrogant about the level of my writing skills, and was too confident in my work. I see that now, and I'm more humble and more apt to see what I'm doing wrong in my writing and other stuff related to it.
Hopefully what I'm doing now will lead me to my dream of publishing one book in my lifetime. If Ten doesn't do it, maybe another idea and story will. I'll keep trying, keep learning, and keep going until I finally grab the brass ring. I'm one determined girl after all, and I'm willing to work hard and keep trying until either the final bell tolls or I die trying. Knowing my luck, it'll be the latter, but no one can say I "didn't try"... The proof lies on my desktop and my external/backup drives...
I just hope this new year and new idea progress as well as the last two years and manuscripts have. With a little luck, I'll be deep into the writing in a few weeks, and I hope to have the first draft of Ten finished by my youngest niece's second birthday at the end of January 2015... IF I can get into it like I did with the series.
It feels good to know what's going to happen in this new one, and now that I'm starting to get back into the actual writing again, I'm feeling wonderful. I've been out of sorts since I wrapped up the "Legacies" series about three months ago, and felt like I had no solid idea of where to go with my writing, or even what to do as a writer. I hated feeling like that. Anyone who knows me and has read my blogs, my posts in Sanctuary, and the updates on my personal and public profiles on Facebook know how vital writing is to me. It's like breathing. If I'm not writing, I'm not living, and to not be writing is like trying to breathe under water. It's that crucial to my life!
Anyway, I hope all of you are having a great new year so far. I'll be back when there's more to report on Ten's progress, and I hope to do that later this week after my writing days. Have a great Sunday everyone!