Be prepared, this is kind of a vent session on my writing. I’ve been struggling since November with my inner editor. I participated in NaNoWriMo and wrote 50,000 words in a month. (Yay!) It is my first finished manuscript. Typically I get about 10,000 words in, reread it, and scrap it. This time I wrote all the way through refusing to reread what I wrote until I finished. I’m in the first edit of the manuscript and still working out the kinks. But I’ve gone back to writing the beginnings of novels and stopping short just a few chapters in. (That or short stories, a whole different animal considering I can finish them and have tons stored on my computer.)
Problem #1 – I can’t finish a manuscript.
Now we come to my second problem. I am dying to write a fantasy or science fiction young adult novel. Every time I attempt it, it comes out childish. I could consider the possibility of writing a middle-grade book instead and then this wouldn’t be a problem, but for some reason I can’t. So now I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to come up with the right idea. I’m sure I’m a bit out of it in my preoccupation with book ideas because my husband keeps waving his hand in front of my face.
Problem #2 – Waiting for the right idea has taken weeks.
Today I had a break through. I was rereading Eclipse to get ready for the movie, and a line Bella said caused an idea to just pop in my head. I’ve never had that experience; it was exhilarating. All afternoon I’ve let this idea sit in the back of my mind. I’m not really touching it yet, just considering it. I don’t want to scare it away. And I don’t want to ruin it by writing 10,000 words and getting stuck. For now I’m leaving it alone. Anybody have any advice for me? I’ll let you know how it goes.