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 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.

Potential Novels

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.


Olivia J. Herrell said...

Wow! Suddenly I don't feel so stressed about my two wips!!! I'm 40% done with the first one and about a month ago a second one started beating down the door of my brain. So I took time off from #1 to plot and people #2. Your list makes me feel better. Thank you! :)

~that rebel, Olivia

Jolene Perry said...

Looks like you'll be busy!

Dawn Embers said...

Olivia - ;-) I'm glad my post made you feel better. Good luck with your projects.

Jolene - I like to keep busy. Or, not so much like as just can't help myself. lol

Anonymous said...

I know exactly what you mean. I'm only 20,000 in to my YA and an idea emerged for another MG. I keep shoving it aside hoping my subconcious will work out the details. As far as completed novels needing revisions, they are calling but I won't be ready to tackle them until the YA is a completed rough draft.
Good luck, you definitely will be a busy writer for the next few months!

Dawn Embers said...

Catherine - Oh the new idea. It's so tempting. It's good to at least get some notes down on the idea, give it a little time in the light and then back to that work in progress you go. ;-)

I'm writing notes on two new ideas right now, along with some of the stuff mentioned up in the post. But at least I have something to do, and maybe having all this work done will help in the future if I ever get published.

Ariana Richards said...

World building is right up there with revisions and writing synopsis on my list of 'things I'd rather someone else did'. Fortunately, I have an in-house world builder. I applaud you for taking on something so unfamiliar in the name of getting a story idea written. I am in awe :-D

Jessica said...

I just have one I'm beating into submission. Good on you if you can keep track of more than one at a time!

Dawn Embers said...

Ariana - I've never really tried to worldbuild. My boyfriend loves it and insists it comes first. While I love to just write, I think it will be good for me to do it first.

Jessica - Thanks. I just can't do the one novel only, not for more than a month.

John Smith said...

Wow! Those are some really great ideas. I just stumbled on to your blog and decided to follow you.

I'm an aspiring writer myself. Come check out my blog and see what I'm working on. If you like my blog, follow me as well.

Dawn Embers said...

John Smith - Thank you. :-D


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