Keeping The Ideas Fresh

Its not a problem for me, but now that my two major projects are almost at the stage where there is nothing more I can do to them, I’m at a point where I have to do something else. I’m wavering between short fiction and a novel. Though to be honest, I’m not entirely certain I want to start a new novel before November, since NaNoWriMo 2011 is strong in my mind right now. I should be doing the mountain of research required to make the idea I have in mind work the way it should. I should be plotting and constructing characters to insert into a story that is exciting and new and fresh. All these things I should be doing.

Instead, I spent half an hour in Paperchase today trying to pick out postcards to serve as SAPs for my postal submissions. Important, perhaps, but not so much as the act of writing which is all the more important if I actually want to write for a living. Being published once, maintaining an online presence and having pretty pictures is all well and good, but there’s more to it than that. I need to have stuff to talk about. And I need to be writing about it.

So… as well as the 80 Post Challenge – which, though it is a lovely way to keep the blog populated, is not exercising my creative story telling brain – I’m going to do some flash fiction. And I’m going to use them for the Sample Sunday initiative on Twitter.

For those of you who don’t know what that is, then this is the place you need to look. I think its a fabulous idea and, to be honest, I reckon it will be a nice way to ensure that the site regularly has fresh and interesting content. After all, I keep talking about more samples for the EXCERPTS page, but I’ve not done it yet (being busy is a bitch!). This is the perfect way to do it. And I think it will also give me the nudge I need to keep writing creatively and, who knows, some of the stuff I come up with my form the basis for a novella or a novel. Wheeeee!

Idea Number One (and thanks to Maria Smith for this): I’ve constructed a list which runs from A-Z and in this list I’ve just put a word. Just the first word that popped into my head as I ran down the list, in alphabetical order in about 90 seconds. Those words are going to form the basis of flash fiction pieces from 500-600 words. I’m not going to set a time frame on how often I do them, but I think to keep my challenges fresh, I’m going to use one of the 80 Post Challenge slots for that. Once I get a piece written, polished off and ready, I’ll put it up here and use them for my Sample Sunday pieces.

Idea Number Two: topical. I feel out of touch with the world and what his happening in it. The prime example is the horrible events in Norway. Yes, I knew about it, but not until about two days afterwards and then I spent some time talking about it while I was on the radio, because I was just so stunned and upset. I wanted to talk about it, but only for a short while as I prefer not to depress listeners. However, I want to be more in touch with what is happening in the world in terms of news, politics and local events. So I’m going to write about them. Some may be factual, most will not (they’ll be opinionated and biased! :p ), but they will also be short pieces for me to play with and stretch another side of my writing muscle.

All seems a bit ambitious doesn’t it? It is. Particularly with a full time job and other social commitments which keep me away from my computer. And of course there is the fact that I like to see my boyfriend every now and then. And I’m sure he likes to see me rather than the back of my head. :p But that’s all stuff I can play with and experiment with. What do you guys think? If you have any suggestions and ideas for things I can write then I’d love to hear them. The more I can get of what you guys want then the happier I feel. 😀

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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