Friday, June 26, 2015
Listen When the Muse is Calling and Write for Right Now! The Evan series and Future Projects X and Y.
"Listen when the muse is calling"
I learned this among many other valuable takeaways while at UtopYA Con 2015 last week. (I can not speak highly enough about this convention for readers, writers, authors, published, unpublished)
Another takeaway, "Write what you want to write, RIGHT NOW."
With these two statements, fueling my passion for my craft as a writer, I have come to a bittersweet conclusion that many Evan fans will not like, but I am completely at peace with.
The Evan series is going to be put on hold indefinitely with the possibility of not going beyond one full length and two novelettes (Dismantling Evan, Saving Gavin, and Resurrecting Gavin).
About four weeks ago, the muse for the Evan series came to a halt. Just completely stopped. It's like the characters were showing up in my head completely confused and stressed. Yeah, stressed. In turn that made me stress.
What was happening to my characters? Why was the story not moving, flowing?
Every scene I wrote, seemed to fall flat even though I had a complete story plotted out. Four weeks later, and after much needed clarity and inspiration in my growing craft (thank you UtopYA Con 2015- I totally needed it), I realize that it wasn't the story....it was the muse, or lack of a muse I was trying to force.
I thought and thought and thought on this. I have to tell you, I was sad and mad for a few days at myself mainly. I felt like I had left these characters from this series out in the cold, shivering and lonely. Then I thought about the story, Evan's story and its beginnings; Dismantling Evan. Dismantling Evan is a hefty full length novel, that pushes 130K words; IT IS A BIG BOOK :) In addition, Dismantling Evan contains a complete story arc without a massive cliffhanger, leaving the reader dangling until the next full length novel. On top of Dismantling Evan, I wrote two companion novelettes (Saving Gavin- released in June and Resurrecting Gavin releasing in September) to delve deeper into the mind of Gavin and what happened after the dismantlement to give readers a sense of understanding from Gavin's perspective. Reminding myself of this, made it possible for me to find peace that if I was to not write another book in the Evan series for years from now, or never write a second book in the series, I have done justice by the characters in this very vulnerable phase of their lives as young adults.
With that peace in my mind and heart, I am ready to start my next project.
So, what muse is calling to me now? What am I wanting to write RIGHT NOW?
Well, this is where I had to clear my head and release the stress of not having the muse for my last project, and really think about what muse was vying for attention in my head.
Once I did that, I asked myself, "What do you want to write at this very moment?"
Without a second thought, I said it aloud, "Project X".
Project X is just a widget name since I don't have a title yet, but it is the project that had been popping into my head more and more frequently over the last six months without me really realizing it.
The funny thing is, now that I have opened my mind to what I want to write, the creative juices are flowing again. Not only am I so passionate about this project, but I am getting a flow of ideas and concepts for projects beyond "Project X". I am even considering writing both "Project X: as well as a "Project Y" (another widget name) :) since they are both very different projects. I have never attempted doing it, but I am so pumped full of creativity right now, I am going to go for it and see how it goes.
Okay, so I know I suck for only giving you the widget project names Project X and Project Y. So, to not have you completely hate me, I do want to give you an idea of what I have in mind for them:
Project X- New Adult Contemporary Romance (two book series)
Project Y- Young Adult Fantasy Romance (series)
On a final note, I am a believer in signs. It just so happens that the Utopia Con 2016 theme was announced the day I had made my decision to write what I wanted to RIGHT NOW!
You see, the theme for Utopia Con 2016 is "Fight for your Write". That theme couldn't have come at a better time in my life and I can't wait to see what happens with the muses in my head within the next year!