Wednesday, August 4, 2010
WIP Wednesday Decisions
Shiny Ideas & Decisions Made : Potential Novels
I have a few things that I want to discuss on today's WIP Wednesday. One is about the Shiny new ideas I've been getting, which has lead to some decision made. Part of those decisions have also brought me to the other topic: potential novels. I have a post on my other blog that talks about how to handle shiny new ideas (SNI) but here I'm just going to mention the ones I've had recently.
Shiny Ideas & Decisions Made
The first SNI that I developed, Shiny Steampunk, was due to the blogpost where I was trying to decide which novel idea to write for blogfests. The more I thought about it, the more I grew to love the story. The actual idea isn't that new. It came from a dream that I had either early 2010 or late 2009. On my novel idea list it's number 51 of 58.
Second SNI is very new. Number 58 on the list but not from a dream. I got the idea with influence from reading about the book Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Thanks to Frankie Diane Mallis... yes I know two Frankies on blogger so the full name is necessary.) and from other thoughts. I started thinking about nerdy characters usually being abnormal and wondered what it'd be like if genius was the norm. Thus, the new new idea called NewShine Dystopian.
Now for the decisions. I was going to write Shiny as soon as I finished the first draft of Angel//Demon (only 50k to go). I've taken notes, writing down the entire story in general that I have from start to finish. Then I realized something. I've never done steampunk and the world I have is a bit complicated. Aside from normal reading in genre and all, there is something else I need to do before I can write a first draft. Something I've never done before. I need to world build. So, that is in the world-building phase now.
Then I realized since I don't really read mystery and the first draft of AAE is going really slow, maybe one chapter a month at most, something had to be done. I put it on the backburner. There isn't much regret either, even though I love the main character and his story, because it's the right decision for now.
Naturally, I can't just be writing 2 first drafts and 1 second draft. So, I pondered a couple ideas I wanted to write soon. It wasn't an easy choice but I decided to put real effort on the romance/erotica novella. I have been working on it for years technically, but by scene. Whenever an erotica contest on writing.com had a prompt that would work with the story, I would do a scene for it. I have just over 13,000 words done already.
What I mean here is this. I have a number of novels I want to write in the near future. I don't just mean 2010 either. Some of these will be in 2011 or even 2012 since first drafts won't get me too far if I want to publish anything. But I've decided to put a tiny list together of novels that I want to start writing first out of the 58 on the list so far.
- NaNoWriMo 2010 : Michael's Book (mutant) -
I planned this a few months ago. The main character and a few other mutants from this book are minor characters in Noah's book 1 and more involved in Noah's book 2(which isn't written). So, I think this might have to come before Noah's books and thus will write part of it in november since 50k isn't long enough.
- XXY : YA novel -
I'd really like to do this one before 2012. It's about a teen who was born intersexed (both male and female) but the parents didn't want to pick one because they were afraid they would choose the wrong one. The MC is supposed to make the decision eventually but is having a very hard time figuring it out. It's not fantasy at all, but still. I think it could be a good novel.
- NewShine Dystopian -
Right now, I need to just make some notes on the idea so I don't forget but I'm really liking this. I actually liked reading dystopian novels, though I didn't always know that's what I was reading. The society should be interesting in developing and the main character is new but he's going to be a good one. I like doing artistic/musical characters but don't have many at this point. It will be interesting to have one that has to keep those talents hidden. And it has the gay element but not as a theme or overall plot.
- Epic Fantasy -
I have wanted to write this for a long long time. I had the start of the idea back in high school because epic/high fantasy was my favorite. I love elves and mages. Doesn't matter if it's ever publishable or not to me. It's something I love and want to write, but I've been a little uncertain as to my qualifications. Even without worry of publishing I still wondered if I could write the story well enough. It has a group of main characters, with two that are more prominent than the rest. I have a few scenes written so far but want to write the full first book.
There are many others, but these are the ones I'd like to write soon. I also need to take all the first drafts I have done, or get done, and do rewrites. Need to work on ones I will be able to rewrite, edit, etc and then send out. Because for some I do want to try and get them published.