For the past several months, my new job schedule had been all over the place. One day I’m up at 5am, the next I’m working until 10:30pm. It left me little time to write anything, anywhere, at all. Now, finally after ten months I finally have a stretch of days off that I can actually put time towards my projects.
But which one to start with?
My paranormal novel needs a new re-write. I need to dive deeper into my main characters, giving them better goals, character arcs and make sure the structure is all there to show when needed throughout the novel. I am desperate to get this done, but I want to do it right. I know many authors struggle with multiple drafts and starting my 5th feels al little depressing. I am still passionate about this story, but another part of me wants to start with the next one in the series and keep moving forward.
Then I have more ideas for different stories swirling around in my head. I have a dystopian/utopian steaming on the back burner. A supernatural Victorian era mystery series idea with a Succubus and Vampire as the detectives. Then a new mystery idea surrounding a fantasy setting with a teenage witch/orphan.
It’s easy to say that ideas come easily to me. Characters, settings, a simple plot or goal for a character to achieve. They are all there, swirling around in my head – but trying to structure them, create a plot worthy to write out, some sort of outline is more fleeting.
Perhaps it’s my doubt, that miserable voice in the back of my head telling me I’m not good enough to write such stories. Or maybe its the countless out projects I want to work on that cloud my mind and make everything more daunting than it really is. Quilting, crafting, writing, reading and gaming that intrigue me. I only have so much time in my day.
Then there is the wedding. Yup. This past December my boyfriend of the last 4 years proposed to me. Not only do I have my writing projects to work on this year, but a wedding to plan. Unlike some girls/women, I have not been planing my wedding since I was a little girl. Part of me never thought this day will come. I haven’t even started planning and feel overwhelmed. As exciting as it is, my free time will be crunched even further now.
For now it’s one day at a time. I have a couple of books on Character Arcs and How to Write a Mystery to read before I start my hand at these stories and novels. I only hope with the more resources I read, the more confident I become and my writing improves with each new draft, idea and project completed.