I have a rule for myself, and that is this: I can play around with as many ideas as I would like, but if I get to 20,000 words on a book, I have to finish it.
I’ve broken this rule a couple of times, but by and large, it works for me, and the reason is this: for me, the middle of a book is ALWAYS a lot of work. It is ALWAYS tiring. Starting a new book will ALWAYS be more appealing for me than doing the actual work of finishing the book I’m working on. Pretty much the only way I ever get books written is that, once I’ve “committed” (around 20,000 words), I don’t allow myself to start a new book until I’ve finished the old one.
All of which goes to say, if you’re having trouble finding “The One,” it might be because there isn’t one. Eventually, no matter how awesome the idea, finishing the book is going to be a lot of work, and it’s highly likely that at some point, you won’t want to do it, because starting a new book would be so much more fun. This is normal—at least for me.
Having said all of that, how do I know which of any number of ideas to pursue? I have a few different litmus tests. First, I look for ideas where I’m really excited not just about the premise of the book, but also about the plot. One of the biggest revelations I ever had as a writer is that premise and plot are not actually the same thing, and it is entirely possible to have an “idea” for a book without having a plot at all.
(For example, when I sat down to write RAISED BY WOLVES, I knew I wanted to write a book about a human girl who had been raised by werewolves. I loved the premise—but that is not, in fact, a plot. I had to actually figure out the conflict and stakes and what the book was about, beyond the idea).
For me, having a plot that I’m excited about is often tied to character. For example, for each of the books in the NATURALS series, I ask myself how I can make the case the team is investigating PERSONAL. How can I make it matter to the characters? How can I make it devastating to them?
For me, the ideas that are most worth pursuing are the ones in which I’m truly excited about the premise, the plot, AND the characters, and where all three interact in potentially interesting ways.
But even then, halfway through the book, I will still feel the siren call of shiny, new projects that are so much easier than finishing the one I am on…
My debut novel THE BUSINESS OF DEATH will be released by Midnight Starling Press 8/19/14!
E.T., what about E.T.?
That moment when Jeremy realises he’s in his 40’s.
I didn’t grow up reading comic books. I didn’t have too much interest in them. It’s been kinda coincidental that I’ve made so many comic book films.
"No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country." ~ Franklin D Roosevelt
Ain’t that the damn truth.
So, I don’t normally post personal stuff, but…
MY BOOK IS COMING OUT IN AUGUST!!!!!!
You can read an exclusive extended synopsis and add it to your GoodReads list. » https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21859185-the-business-of-death « I would appreciate you ever so much if you’d show your support.
I’m so excited! Also, my cover reveal is slated for mid-July just as a blog tour kicks off, so keep your eyes peeled. :-)
Mommy teaching baby easier water drinking way because drinking water is hard experience u get it in your nose. Jesus how she puts her paw on his head in the second one. Such concern and love.
THIS IS THE CUTEST THING I HAVE EVER FUCKING SEEN FROM CATS EVER
This makes me feel super bubbly
a book fountain in Budapest
this is one of the coolest fountains I’ve ever seen
#You and I remember Budapest very differently. #That’s because you were too fascinated by the book fountain to notice anything else. #TASHA. IT WAS A FOUNTAIN THAT LOOKED LIKE A /BOOK./ #I know I was there— #BUT DO YOU REALLY KNOW?