Thursday, January 23, 2014

Writing Quandary

Sometimes it's difficult to begin a writing project because, well,  you don't know where to begin. 

I've had several ideas bounce around in my head about what I want to write but haven't been able to put down that first word to get me going. I suppose I could start in the middle or the end, and work my way back to a beginning. Even that sounds too confusing.

While I often encourage folks to write with reckless abandon, that's much easier to do when you have know the direction you want to pursue, at least initially. 

I think many writers haven't taken off in one direction, only to head off another way once they get into their story. I know I have. 

I'm also weighing whether to write a young adult or contemporary mainstream novel. The final determination will be the "adult" factor. Perhaps I'm old-fashioned, but I don't like to expose young folks to plot lines before their time. I know other young-adult writers disagree with me on this matter.

Of course, I could multi-task and work on several novels. Maybe one would emerge as the stronger story while the others would be relegated to future projects. 

I do hope to get moving on another manuscript in the next week or so. 

Until the next time...



  1. The one you should write is the one which will bug you the most if you don't.
    I've written three Y/A's. It's a difficult market to crack. Maybe you should do that one while you're resting in the middle of writing the one you simply have to do first.

  2. I'll consider that, Roger. Thanks.