Who’s Writing This Thing?

You know that moment where the story you thought you were writing turned into something different? When the character you thought you know turns around, strips off the mask and changes everything? Yeah, that was me last night. And I have to say, it resulted in my mind being officially blown. It’s not like this is the first time I’ve had a story evolve. *stares at Tavis* But it’s the first time I’ve had a character significantly rewrite themselves on me. Yet that’s what Reah did.

Now let me say this up front, her doing this solved a problem I sort of knew I had, one I was sure I could take care of through the story. Well, okay, I thought I could. Or maybe I just kept telling myself I could. 😉

This way is better than just doing it through the story though, and I think it’ll be better, and make her a stronger, more dynamic character. It makes the story arcs more complex and I think it’s going to require me to rethink significant elements of the story, but that’s okay, because I have no intention of rushing things. I need to stop giving myself arbitrary deadlines that are stupid. I’ve been fighting the urge to do exactly that all month so far.

Part of my brain is screaming that I need to write a novel in March. Not because I have something ready to go (not at this point at least), but because I haven’t been writing a novel since JANUARY. Because that was ever so long ago. All of what, 4 weeks now, since I finished Unmasked. After I took just two weeks off post-NaNo before diving into that one. I’ve decided that this madness must stop. Or at least slow down. Anyone have a spare roll of subconscious-rated duct tape? I need it to shut this screaming bitch in my brain up for a bit.

I have a mountain of editing to go, and I really do need to get to it. But also, as I said, I want to take enough time to really develop Spire of Time properly. Last night’s abrupt personality reversal from my MC suggests that story isn’t ready for writing, maybe not even outlining, though I’d started that. It’s nothing I can’t toss, and if it makes this whole thing better, it’s worth it.

I’m trying really hard to embed in my thick skull that, just because the story for Devan flowed well enough for me to do a novel every other month, that doesn’t mean they all will, nor should I expect that they will and rush to keep up. I’ll let you know how this struggle works out. But if I suddenly turn up here in the next two weeks, declaring myself ready to write my next book, please smack me. HARD.

Of course, I should say that this is only one of the incidents from yesterday that left me wondering who was in charge in my brain. The other one’s truly bizarre, at least to me. Have you ever had a story idea that’s out of your usual genre/age group? Yeah, I see a lot of hands. How about one that was a lot out of your normal writing arena? Still a few of you with me. Tell me, have any of you had one that was in a genre you don’t read, aren’t all that interested in reading, but it’s still killer enough that you can’t quite turn away from it? I don’t dare look, but someone tell me I’m NOT the only one. I actually started swearing a little. Well, okay, a lot. I do NOT write contemporary romance. You can all picture me sticking my tongue out at the story idea I dutifully wrote down because I’ve trained myself that way. It’s even got a pretty good title. But I’m still not writing it. Nuh uh. Take that, muse. You’re not the boss of me. Probably. Maybe. No, I’m still not writing that story.

All right, in a less childish vein, there is something fairly exciting coming in the new month, but I don’t want to give it a way. All I’m saying is to watch this space for information. Yes, it’s writing related. Yes, I think you’ll enjoy it. No, you can’t bribe me into telling, not even with chocolate and hot guys.


About Julie

I'm a writer and photographer. I always have something with me to take notes for ideas or writing projects I'm thinking about or have on the go. I also like to go around with my camera and take pictures of anything that strikes me as beautiful or evocative. I'm perpetually working on one story or another, while waiting for enough distance to judge the last one (or more). I'm always working on several projects at once, developing the next book, even as I'm editing the last. Beyond that, there's always plenty of scraps and twists of ideas rolling around in my head, eventually turning themselves into full blown stories.
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26 Responses to Who’s Writing This Thing?

  1. I write mostly Sci fi/fantasy. Yet one time I wrote a mid-1800’s Mississippi steamboat musical.

    Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.

    • Julie says:

      I feel like writing it would somehow be tantamount to selling my soul. I just… I can’t. It’s not like I have time anyway. Too much to write as it is. Yet I fear it will haunt me until I at least give it a rough draft. Time will tell on that one.

  2. Subtlekate says:

    Yes, I really do know that problem, and sometimes it’s meant to be so I follow it and other times I hit a brick wall and then I want to slap them.
    I’m watching 🙂

    • Julie says:

      Oh good. I’m counting on you to keep an eye on me.

      And that story idea… It’s so not me, it’s not funny. I don’t know what I’d do with it in the first place, other than find a pen name fast. :p

  3. mavrith says:

    I’ve had that feeling before where this novel idea seems so far out where you want your writing to be that you feel you are selling out somehow. Then I wrote the novel anyway so it would leave me the hell alone… It was a historical romance novel. 🙂 I’ve also attempted to write in a genre that I do not read. It’s a horror novel about zombies. Did not even finish the first chapter of that one. Good luck fighting your muse. Mine seems to always win..

    • Julie says:

      My muse has plenty to keep her busy, trust me. And I’ll make sure she’s buried under it all so thoroughly she’ll maybe forget this idea. :p

      I suppose part of the problem is that the idea is contemporary romance. I hate writing in the real world, even more so if I can’t at least have magic. Gotta give a fantasy girl something to work with. 😉

  4. quix689 says:

    Okay, now I’m definitely intrigued. I’ll have to pay attention to your blog now. You know, because I didn’t before. 🙂

    And you’re definitely not the only one who’s been tempted with a story outside of your usual genre. I’m sort of the opposite of you. My novels are almost exclusively literary/contemporary new and young adult (if you take “new adult” to mean books about people 18+ who don’t quite feel like adults yet, not as books about people 18+ having a lot of sex). Yet I’m currently editing a novella about zombies. I don’t read zombie books. I don’t watch zombie shows. The only zombie movie I’ve ever watched and enjoyed was Zombieland. And yet, I could not get this idea out of my head, and I’m really enjoying working on it. Funny how these things happen.

    • Julie says:

      Lol, yeah, genre/age-wise, you and I do live at opposite ends of the spectrum it seems. I’m still not planning to write this idea though. I mean, I have too many already, in the genre I enjoy writing. This wasn’t so much temptation anyway, more like being smacked upside the head by an idea. With a title. A perfect-for-its-genre title. Stupid ADD muse. I need to get her better trained. 😉

  5. Morgen Rich says:

    First, let me say that I am not the well of wisdom. That said, let me add, “Cut yourself some slack, woman!” Nothing you’re going through is bizarre for a writer or for a muse-driven MC. BUT…I did notice something about what you’ve written, and it may be worth considering. You said your brain was screaming at you, putting stressful deadlines into your head. But you also mentioned your gut feelings. Writers plan with their brains, but they write with their guts. So, it would seem the issue IS the brain. Suggestion from the NOT Well of Wisdom: Have a hot bath, relax your brain, and get in tune with what you’re really feeling. Once you do that, you’ll know the right way forward for you, and you can tell your brain to STFU while you and your muse do what you need to do.

    • Julie says:

      Lol, yeah, I definitely agree with you on the balance of things in a writer’s life. And I do intend to follow my gut on this one. I just went through a trilogy where everything fell into place like it was meant to be, like that one was waiting for me to show up to write it. I’m having trouble convincing my brain that it’s not the norm. I’ll make it through though. It’s a process, right? 🙂

  6. 4amWriter says:

    I think these days genres are becoming less and less meaningful. With all of the crossovers out there, what might seem like contemporary romance could likely be refined some way that is more your style.

    • Julie says:

      Maybe I’ll take a look at it, if I ever get my head above water on all these other ideas I have going on. That said, this idea involved the real world and normal people, two thing I typically try to avoid. Yet the initial idea might be adaptable. Hmm, things to think about.

  7. dex says:

    I love it when a character leans out from the page, grabs me by the shoulders, and says, “THIS. This is what I want to do. This is what I want to say. Just let me do and say it.”

    • Julie says:

      It is kind of exciting. That’s part of why I loved Devan so much, because he was all about that, right from the beginning. Reah on the other hand changed her mind completely. I think I have to pretty much start over, but I can deal with that if it makes the story better, and if she keeps whispering about what she wants.

  8. sarahcradit says:

    I’ve been there, too…but my problem is that one of the ideas I came up with a (sci fi thriller) has a great premise but I don’t have the sci-fi writing experience to make it work.

    That said…if your muse is really screaming at you on this story…write it. I know you don’t want the contemporary romance badge, so maybe you can spin it and put it in a different time era…or world…or something. Something that will satisfy your muse, and you.

    Oh, and sometimes my characters mess with me too, the little jerks.

    • Julie says:

      I would never let lack of experience get in the way of a good premise, especially if you want to write it. The story will lead you right. 🙂 I’m still not sure I want to write my oddball. Maybe I’ll give a thought to a way to wrap this into something I can live with. Who knows. I have enough other ideas to keep me busy as it is. 🙂

  9. jmmcdowell says:

    Hmm, much as I’ve always enjoyed reading mysteries, I never thought I’d write one. I avoided it with Death Out of Tie, which went back to sci-fi. And the my “poetic archaeologist” blindsided me on the blog with two short mysteries so far.

    Never say never or challenge your Muse/Creativity if you’re not willing to face the consequences! 😀

  10. Celtic Forest Dweller says:

    Yeees. I know about this. I’ve been strictly a medieval-fantasy person, with a couple of sci-fi ideas lurking that I’ve not done anything with yet, and then last year I suddenly and randomly started writing contemporary fantasy. I was always WAY anti-modern, but then this story just… was (is) so much fun to write and I totally fell in love with all the characters — seriously, they’re some of my absolute favorites. But yes, I see your problem and if you don’t want to write it, as you say maybe you can distract yourself with all your other million projects…

    • Julie says:

      I’ve decided to put off the decision on whether to write that. I don’t have to do it now. The idea will keep. That’s what I’m telling my muse, at least. 😉

  11. Subtlekate says:

    One thing I know…It’s not me. I’m not writing a thing. ( well other than this reply 🙂 )

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