It’s been awhile since I’ve worked on a new story. I know that sounds weird, but I’ve been working on the same WIP (work in progress) for over a year now. It started out as novella for a submissions call. One R&R (revise and resubmit) later, I expanded it into a 60k short novel. Another R&R later it’s now nearing an 80k novel. Hopefully by the end of the month it’ll be polished and ready for submission. Again. Can you tell that I really love this story? That or I’m a masochist 😉 (And between you and me if it doesn’t stick this time, that’s it. I’m not going for a round four!)
Which leads me back to my thesis sentence—it’s been a while. I’m having a hard time remembering how I’m supposed to work on a new idea. What was my process again? I’ve been digging through my idea folder but so far nothing is strong enough to even make an outline for. Yes, I’m one of those writers. A plotter. *pauses for gasps*
The story I thought I’d be working on next is fuzzy and I can’t figure out what the characters’ arcs are which is usually the extent of my plotting. It’s flat and uninteresting at this point.
I can’t remember a time when I’ve had nothing. Usually I have the opposite problem, hence the idea folder. Usually I can’t be trusted to let the new, shiny idea take hold because then I’d have a folder full of partial chapters and no finished stories to send out.
I’ll just be over here, polishing the story that will not end and trying not to freak out…