When I sit down with pen and paper to start working on a new idea, I know two things: how the story begins and how the story ends. It’s all the pesky plot points in the middle of the story that really take time. All the ideas that flow through my head always have a start and a finish. I never think “What would happen if. . .”
That’s a problem for several reasons:
- I lose patience when the pieces don’t fall into place as quickly as I want them to
- I get stuck building the bridge from the beginning to the end
- I have a hard time letting go of my original ending if the story takes a different turn
- A short story can turn into a full length novel
- A full length novel can turn into a short story if I can’t find enough filler
- Details can be lost
It is for this reason that The Two Lands started out as a short story in the spring of 2004, became a trilogy in 2006, and the first book is still being edited in 2014.
It’s also for this reason that the story of Hollow Towns originated in 2006 and is just now being finished.
The other part of my “writing system” is that I write the best when I’m supposed to be doing something else. When I was working full time, I could write fifty pages a week, easily. Now that my job is to be a full time stay at home mom, I don’t have the time nor the energy to put pen to paper. It’s partially because my son thinks he needs to eat the paper and partially because finding creative ways to keep him out of trouble takes up all my creative energy.
What I desperately want is to be able to wake up in the morning, take a long hot shower, and then sit down at my computer with a hot cup of tea, put on an instrumental soundtrack (preferably of the Tolkien persuasion) and spend the entire day typing away. However, since my husband and I just decided we’re going to homeschool our son, I don’t think that fantasy will become a reality any time soon.
So now my question is this: How does one change their writing style? Being in the self publishing world, I don’t really have any set deadlines or time frames. And I don’t have a fan base vocalizing their impatience, so I’m not sure where to find my motivation. My son takes top priority and then helping my husband with work and my own housework takes the next level. My own dreams and ambitions just keep sinking.
And this blog is a perfect example of why these are called “Ramblings.” I will often start out on one topic and move my way to another. It’s just how the mind works.