In Which I Write Vaguely About Vague WIPs

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So, I totally didn’t realize that a MONTH had gone by since I last blogged. I’ve been pulling back from Internet-land as of late, because when I’m stuck in Internet-land I’m not writing. And I want to be writing more than I want to be blogging or social media-ing. As a result of my pulling back, I’ve finished a full draft on my latest SNI, and I’ve started work on a new SNI while the first cools its jets. So much productivity!

But today I shall cave and write a blog, because today I am stuck on the new SNI. After this post, I may try to use some of the unsticking ideas from today’s post at The Other Side of the Story. Then, hopefully, I can take another ridiculously long Internet-land break because I’m writing SO HARD.

So, today’s Road Trip Wednesday prompt over at YA Highway: What do you hope to be writing in one year? Three? Five?

In one year, I hope to have finished drafts for my two current WIPs. I’m really enjoying both of them, and after the tangled web of scenes that was my first attempt at noveling and a few false starts that got nearly finished before I shoved them in a drawer, I think I have a better grasp on how to complete a story without over-revising. Well, I say that now. Check back in a year and I’ll probably be over-revising yet again!

In three years, I hope to have written the Super-Serious historical idea that I’ve been growing somewhere deep within the grey matter of my brain. It’s going to be a ton of work, and the intimidation factor is part of the reason I haven’t started yet, but I think three years is a good goal to at least get started with it. It will be set in England during the 14th century, around the time The Black Death wiped out 1/3 of Europe’s population. It will be YA, and of course, it will be a love story. A disturbing, creepy love story.

Five years? I have no idea. Hopefully, in the next five years, I will have ideas that I can’t even fathom at this moment.

How about you? What are your future writing plans? Have you ever been so intimidated by a story idea that you’re afraid to start working on it?

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  1. Robin Moran says:

    We all need time away from blogging to write. πŸ™‚ We can’t do too many things at once. Hope you achieve your dreams! This post is quite good for documenting your goals and then this time next year you can look back and see what you’ve achieved.

    • Crystal says:

      Thanks, Robin! πŸ™‚ You’re right about documenting goals, I didn’t even think about that. I will have to check back in a year and see if things went the way I expected!

  2. Rebecca B says:

    I’ve missed your blogging, but time away to write is a great thing. I’m intrigued by your super-serious historical idea. I have a historical I’ve been daydreaming about for a while, but I’m not in the right place to start it. Maybe that’s my 5-year goal!

    • Crystal says:

      Aw, thanks Rebecca! I often feel like I’m throwing words into the void.

      I like to think that historicals require a lot more simmering to be ready for drafting, but maybe that’s just me procrastinating πŸ™‚

  3. Sara Biren says:

    Good for you – I’m trying to take a break from the internet, too. It’s so easy to get sucked in. What does Sherman Alexie say? Every word on your blog is not a word in your book.

  4. Julie Maughon says:

    “Hopefully, in the next five years, I will have ideas that I can’t even fathom at this moment.” Love that. I worry sometimes that my ideas are finite, the way they are, and that nothing else will ever grow there. But such is not the case! Thanks for the reminder. πŸ™‚

  5. Jaime says:

    That story idea sounds fascinating! I know what you mean about it being scary to tackle a historical project. There is just so much to get right, which involves a lot of research. I’m working on one myself, and while it can be daunting, it’s also so much fun! πŸ™‚

  6. Beck says:

    Love the sound of the serious historical. That which seems huge is ofetn the best when you get the courage to write it, i reckon!!

  7. Samantha says:

    Okay this super serious historical one… please don’t wait three years, please write it now… because I want to read it…. now! Truly, it’s completely my kind of book and it sounds AMAZING. Can’t wait to see how it progresses. Oh my gosh, three years is such a long time.

  8. Alison Miller says:

    I’m with you on the taking time off thing – it’s so hard to find a balance with the blogging! Also, congrats on the SNIs! I hope to start one soon, but at times do feel intimidated. But once I sit down and start typing, I’m usually fine. Good luck!

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