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Have you ever had this happen to you?
Bright side? At least I only went as far as the planning stages. Can you imagine if I'd actually sat down and poured my heart and soul into a story that was an unwitting copy of another? Yikes.
So what now? I'm querying one story, about 2/3 done another, and have started a weird tango of planning/pantsing a third WIP. But none of these are grabbing my attention these days. Is it writer's block or just that I haven't found the right project?
Here are my current options:
Option 1: 2/3 Done WIP
I love this story a lot, but it has somehow managed to get tangled up into a nasty mess that I'm struggling to sort out. I realized the other day that it's super heavy on narrative and light on dialogue. Whoops! How the heck did that happen? It also feels like it's meandering and seriously needs to be reined in. At this point I really have no idea what to do with it. If I choose this option, I'll have to sit down and take a closer look at my notes and come up with a game plan for getting it back on track.
Option 2: Planning + Pantsing Hybrid WIP
This story requires research, which I've started but have plenty more to do. At some point I decided that I felt like starting to write it and that I'd continue researching as I went. I like the idea and I know it will be fun to write, but the research aspect feels a bit daunting at the moment. Also, it's a historical with a twist, so there is definitely the nagging concern that it will be a hard sell. I know I should write it because I want to tell the story, but that niggling "Is it worth it?" is there nonetheless.
Option 3: Some Entirely New WIP
I've had to scratch a couple of new ideas in recent weeks because they've already been done. The one that really kind of burns is my idea for a YA sci-fi based off of Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel. Thank you, Diana Peterfreund, for beating me to that one (Across a Star-Swept Sea). C'est la vie, I guess. The upside to all of this is that I never seem to have a shortage of ideas, so this just helps me trim down the list a bit. On to the next idea, right?
I'm not sure which option I'll choose, but I'm hoping that by the end of today or at the very latest the end of the weekend, I'll have narrowed down my options to one. It's been too long since I've sat down and seriously written, so I think it's high time I get on that. My biggest fear right now is that I'm making excuses and avoiding doing the work. Perhaps I need to revisit the reasons I fell in love with 2/3 Done WIP, or immerse myself in research for Planning + Pantsing Hybrid WIP once and for all. Whatever the case, the time for procrastination and distraction is over. I can't call myself a writer if I don't write, right?