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A novel dilemma

Dipped my toes into the YA fantasy novel idea I had before I left for Britain. Only half-cooked. I can see what the problem is--the characters aren't totally real to me. The two main ones are almost there, but the entire supporting cast is cardboard. I've been waving my creative wand at them to no avail. Of course, I've also been feeling blocked all day. Not the just-not-wanting-to-sit-down-and-try kind of blocked, that dissipates once I get myself into gear, but the blocked that's like having a lump in my throat that I just can't clear out. There's a point where I've spent an hour or more working away at a story and I'm still not connecting with it, and that's when I know it's time to call it a day. It might be just that.

Or it might be that I'm playing with the wrong story. I made pokes at a few other ideas I've had simmering, and they're similarly underdone. But there's still Signi. Those characters--Angela and Peter and Kevin and Claire, Ms. Holloway and Mr. Cole--have been real since they popped into my head a year and a half ago. I've just been scared to touch it. I love the idea behind it so much that the last thing I want to do is screw it up by taking it on when I'm not up to it... and I know it's going to be tricky. Plus it's at least a trilogy, if not a quartet, and I get the impression a lot of publishers don't want to take that on in a first novel (though maybe that's different with YA fiction, which seems to thrive on sequels and series). I had this idea I was going to wait until I had a novel or two out there before I took it on. Right now, though, I'm starting to think it might be silly to leave it there.

Damn.

Well, no harm in a little fooling around. Splash about and see which pool is the pleasantest at the end of the week. It goes how it goes.

mlc
Tags: brainstorming, characters, halfway hero, kids and ya lit, novels, publishing, signi, writing
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