Sometimes I wish I were twins or triplets so that I could work on more than one book at a time. I have more ideas than I’ll ever be able to write in my lifetime. Of course, if I could write them in a day or a week, I might be able to do it.
But–I don’t write little books. And I don’t follow a simple plot. I have to have a cast of a dozen or more. I can’t plan a story around a cast of two or three. Maybe a half dozen, but that’s stretching it. I need to people my stories with people–lots of ’em.
Which is why I finally chose to self publish my books. I didn’t want to be tied down to someone else’s formula for how stories should be written for a particular genre. I want to write what I want to write. How I want to write it.
Now, having said that, I have written stories from prompts given to me by the instructors of courses I’ve taken or from those at workshops I’ve attended. I whined about some of them for a few days before starting them. At workshops, I obsessed for a few minutes since I hadn’t time to obsess longer than that there. But with one of my writing courses, I procrastinated for a month or more before giving in and doing the assignment. I have it posted at AuthorsDen and I’m going to update it and offer it for free at other online sites. It turned out better than I expected and my instructor was impressed. Always gratifying!
I guess the thing is to just free the mind up and let it think it wants to write this story as much as it would one that just comes to me on its own. Pretend I thought of it.
Ideas are everywhere. I guess I feel I don’t need to be overwhelmed with more from another source. I am probably wrong. Maybe a better idea is in that other source. I ought to be more open minded. I’ll work on it.
This is rather a rambling post, but then it is 1 am. I’m going to end this here and take it up again later.
Good night all! Sweet dreams!