Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Selecting a New Project - Part 2

Some more development - though not exactly what I had planned.

When I first decided to choose between a Sci-Fi project or an Urban Fantasy Project, it was a pretty simple thing. I decided quite early on that I was going to focus on the Urban Fantasy project. So started working on brainstorm for that. 

I must admit, I was tempted a few times to start writing. But I stuck to my plan and kept working on brainstorm, because as I have proclaimed here before, I am now definitely a planner. My pantser days are behind me. Then today, something entirely different happened. I veered off, and thought about another character, and then some of the ideas I had used in other projects (not started, but just at the idea stage) sort of mingled with this one, and then I was thinking about completely different Urban Fantasy.

I still like the premise of my original Urban Fantasy, and I am keeping it. But for now, this new idea is pulling me strongly, so I am going to focus on that, brainstorm that, and see what happens. I am hoping that this will be it. I don't really want to keep changing my mind, because I want a solid plot for one book, so I can start writing it soon. But I am also not going to rush the writing if ideas are not properly in place. So keeping my fingers crossed, and this will be it. 

What are you working on at the moment? How is it going?


  1. Still editing, though I did write a flash about alien abduction the other morning, for fun. I love it when writing ideas veer off at an interesting tangent!

  2. Yeah, I like it too. Though it will be more interesting if I end up with an actual outline, otherwise it will be just frustrating :P

  3. I'm on the new "secret" project still. I'm trying pantsing, which is a new thing for me, so it's taking a little longer. Still, it's going well, and I'll be posting some info about it on the blog soon. :-)


  4. I'm a planner, as well. Index cards, file boxes, stacks of spiral notebooks and legal pads... I used to require almost everything in concrete before I started writing. The limitations, however, soon became apparent. I now strive for a balance, getting my main bones outlined and then letting the imagination freewheel it from there.

  5. AvDB,

    My outlines, though now quite detailed, are always treated with flexibility. If in the middle of writing a book, I think of something better, then I change the outline. I like to have the full outline because that minimises the chances of plot holes, but not at the cost of a good story.

  6. I'm still mired in the edits of my novel. I've sworn not to do any new writing until I get this darn book finished. So far, all I've managed to do is play every hidden object game on :-)

  7. Ooo love when new veering happens! Hmm, still in revision hell over here. Seems like I'm there eternally.. LOL Thank goodness for NaNo, I'd never write anything new ;o) Fingers crossed for ya ;o)