As writers, sometimes we change gears. For the month of August, I decided to challenge myself to get out of my writing slump by completing a novella idea I had. I had my characters planned and I had a solid idea of where the story should go, and I knew the kind of feel I want to have for this particular story, but (and isn’t there always a but?)
I couldn’t get flowing. As I began to prep for this challenge, I just wasn’t feeling it. So, I went back into my story bank because damn it, something is GONNA get wrote up in August (I know that phrase was all sorts of grammatically incorrect)…and stumbled across a story that started off as a full-length novel but I shelved for a number of reasons. I had been playing with the idea of taking the first chunk of that novel and making it a novella, and taking the remainder of that story and making that the novel since I felt that I had much more to tell.
After going over my drafts, I knew I was headed down the right road, so my August writing challenge has been amended to clean up that chunk of story and make it novella-worthy. I’ve got a few more pieces to write and definitely some re-writing, but I’m feeling good about it.
As for the other idea? Who knows? It’s definitely not dead. Really, none of my ideas are ever really killed. Maybe it’ll be a novella, maybe an online thing. I’m all for the nontraditional, out-of-the-box approaches to showing my passion to the world. I’ve also learned that I can’t be so tied down to an idea that I get stuck when it doesn’t work. Yes, a certain level of discipline is required, but flexibility is also key when it comes to being creative.
- Novella Month (emergingwriters.typepad.com)
- Fixed Goal (loveofderp.wordpress.com)
- Two Hundred Eighty. (contessabessa.com)
- Novella growing into a novel (ajqueen.wordpress.com)