Writing Wednesday again.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

I haven’t done as much writing as I planned lately, but I have done some, I’ve mostly been editing. Thankfully, I think I’m getting better at battling a few of my writing demons, mainly my ADHD. I hope so.
When I found out that Harlequin was running an Editor Pitch Contest for the Medical Line, I jumped at it. I had the makings of a story saved up from last year’s New Voices. I decided not to enter last year’s NV after finding out I was pregnant. Good thing, too, since the deadline was 1 day after my Approaching Literature exam and I was suffering from the worst morning sickness ever.
So anyways, as soon as I saw it I was in. Head first. I pulled out my old notes and started working on the idea. I brainstormed, I plotted, I wrote a logline and a blurb… and then I tried to write it. I couldn’t even get started. I just couldn’t find the spark.
This has never really been a problem for me before. Normally I can start a story quickly. I only start to struggle around chapter four. Normally I also have at least two stories on the go at once. Something has changed in these last few weeks.
This is the first time I can remember that I’ve truly been wrapped up in just one story. It’s an Intrigue that I started ages ago. Truth be told, the original idea dates back to 1998 or so. Over the years there have been tons of changes to the concept and the characters. Sometime in the past couple of years, I nearly finished the manuscript. I even made it through 47k words of the 55-60k called for by the line. I only stopped writing it because I got sick of the story. Something just wasn’t clicking and I lost the spark.
At the start of the New Year, I pulled the old MS back out and decided to see if I could make something of it. I started to think and came up with some major changes, which I think will drive the story better. I’ve also found the spark! I asked on the community boards and it would seem that Intrigue has some sort of contest in the works, so I’m going to press on with this new take on my old idea.
I hate to admit it, but I honestly think that I am so desperate to get published that I’ve been willing to take any chance, on any idea, just to have a shot. I need to make this dream a reality to achieve my biggest dream—moving home and buying our dream house.
So that just about sums up where I am in my writing, right now. Anyone else found a new direction in an old project? I’d love to hear how it has turned out!

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