Posts tagged ‘storylines’

April 12th, 2010

Wannabe Writers #11

by Madeleine Rex

Wannabe Writers is an informative and intriguing meme hosted by Sarah at Confessions of the Un-Published.

Where I am in the Writing Process: OK, I’ll admit: I’m still in the sitting around stage. I’m doing research on the topic of freelance writing, etc. (and am very grateful for the latest Writer’s Digest issue) and trying to decide how I might be able to incorporate a few features into my life. I really want to be published somewhere, so I’m working on that. My mom’s also going to take me out to take pictures of that wonderful building I mentioned in my last Wannabe Writers post.

My Current Problems: None. – Boy, that sounds good.

The Question this Week: When do you drop a storyline, give up and move on to something new?

That’s a wonderful question (and I’m going to twist it a little). I think its answer, though, depends on our personal tendencies. If you can multitask well, I don’t see why you shouldn’t work on multiple (however, it’s probably smart to stick to two) writing projects at once. I think that I, personally, wouldn’t be able to work with the same degree of focus or write as well if I were attempting to write a million things at once. I’d get confused, and this is coming from a girl who’s fairly good at multitasking.

My plan is to work on small projects in my free time for a bit while working on editing my MS. During the summer, when I have more time, I intend to edit for a strict amount of time each day and allow myself to work on broadly planning my next project. My upcoming writing endeavor should require an enormous amount of planning and thinking-over, and I don’t want to lose precious summer time. Yet, I don’t believe I could be writing, or even plotting, two books at once. Editing while plotting on the side sounds a bit more manageable.

Now, if you’re thinking about dropping a storyline or project that you haven’t finished with no intention of picking it up again later, that’s an entirely different ordeal. It’s like severing a relationship. It would be totally ridiculous to take this lightly. You need to weigh all the pros and cons three times over.

That’s not to say that I haven’t dropped hardly written MS’s without a moment’s thought – when I was ten. I sorta-kinda gave up on Forbidden awhile back, but I knew that I would later try again. Forbidden is to be my next project. When I dropped it originally, it was because I had been going about it all wrong. It needed so much nurturing and plotting that I wasn’t prepared to give or do. I knew that I needed to nail-down a process and learn to write and plot seriously. Winging it simply would not work when I was dealing with a new universe, wacky and terrifying creatures, etc. So, I wrote my current WIP and learned to really write. Now, I’m prepared. I know what I’m signing up for.

Whether you’re moving on to something new completely or working on two projects simultaneously, it’s quite clear that the decision must be heavily pondered.