Monday, August 16, 2010

Things that happen

Well, it happened again. I got a bright shiny idea. And now, even though I had thought I would be taking a break from writing, I find myself trying to sneak in time where I don't really have any left. Oh, the Shiny New Idea curse.

This one is a complete departure from everything I have ever even considered doing before. It has apocalyptic/post apocalyptic themes, a little bit of alternate history, as well as some fantasy/sci-fi elements. And it's the first idea that's really going to need a lot of research before I even start to write. (How much research do you really need for a fairy tale retelling, after all?) I have just enough background with the subject matter to get myself into terrible trouble if I'm not really careful. I'm pretty excited about this. And best of all, the story arch that I envision is at least two books, maybe more.

I'm not going to go into full writing mode any time soon, but I will start piling on the research and building some character sheets, etc. so that when writing time happens again, it will be all laid out and ready to go. And I'll keep up on my reading, honing the craft, seeing what works and what doesn't.

That's it from my neck of the woods. How are things with you?


Jaydee Morgan said...

Research and doing up your character charts is a good use of time when you don't have much. Good luck with the shiny new idea - and when you're ready - hit it hard!

Krista V. said...

Jaydee said it all:) Have fun with your Shiny New Idea. Me and my almost one-year-old idea are still hanging out in Word, sucking water and toweling off the sweat (and blood and tears) of revision.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

You're muse is calling. Isn't that how it happens, just when you don't have the time, but the desire is there? Good luck! :)

Lora said...

Ooh, I love this story idea! Definitely something I would read because sci fi/fantasy is just awesome, alternate history would be fun to play with, and apocalyptic stuff is a great catalyst for great drama and edge-of-your-seat thrills :)

KM said...

Oh the curse of the SNI. It's a horrible thing, really, especially when it pulls you away from writing something else (as it has often done to me). But it's also a really cool thing, as it often spurs complete WIPs (as has also happened to me). Your story sounds really awesome! I love a post-apocalyptic anything, really. Can't wait to hear about it! :)