I haven’t spent a lot of time today writing, which should make me disappointed in myself. But in my defense, I spent a lot of the day thinking about writing. There are a few things I really want to write. I shall make a list for you.
- Dystopian. I know, it’s all the rage these days, probably because the zombie apocalypse is just around the corner and people are already eating faces (There’s one thing I don’t really want to write about…zombies!). But there’s a certain thrill in taking the remaining whole of mankind and turning them into something ruthless, something desperate, something that is just barely surviving. Or maybe I’d go the other route and have them better offbecause they survived whatever wiped the rest of us out. Dystopian, yes, I think I will.
- Male lead. It’ll happen one day. I’ve read a few books with awesome male leads. Eragon by Christopher Paolini, Tempest by Julie Cross, The Curse Workers Series by Holly Black (White Cat, Red Glove, Black Heart), and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I know, my list is all over the place. But writing a male lead seems like such a challenge to me. Do I know the male gender well enough to write it convincingly? I don’t know…
- Third Person. Yes, third person. I’m terribly addicted to first person. I don’t know why. Okay, I do. It just seems so much more real when I write in first. But there always comes a point in my story where I’m like “Why the heck didn’t I write this in third person? It’d be great to tell the reader what X character is thinking.” Crap. I’ve heard (and noticed) that it doesn’t really matter to the reader whether it’s in first or third. So it comes down to me. I must let go of first and explore third. Perhaps in short story form to begin with.
- Short Stories! I’ve been told I need to write these. Can’t say I’ve ever had an inkling to write one, except for the one I was forced to write in high school. But, I think it’ll help me in the long run with plotting and planning and all those other “p” words involved in writing. (Punctuation? I don’t know…) Besides, there’s days (like today) where I can’t seem to get anything down in my WIP and I need a distraction. Hello short story.
- A story with a super creepy child. Because…children are already creepy. Creepy children are even creepier. Yep. I went there.
All the best,