Wednesday, February 4, 2015

IWSG - Which one....?

Today is another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. This is a place where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds. The awesome co-hosts today are Gwen Gardner, Dolorah, Sarah Foster, and M. Pax!

I'm a little stuck. Writing wise, I'm stuck. I don't want to call it writer's block, because I'm not a fan of the phrase, but I haven't written much this year. I'm struggling to find an idea to write and stick with it. In the past month, I've started three novels and each one has about three pages, then I stop writing it. I just can't decide which one I want to write! I've been working on revisions for a novel at the same time, so I think I have "revision brain" and I can't stop trying to revise what I'm writing. I just need to pick a project and write!

Here's a little snippet of the three ideas I have on my writing table:
Best Friends for Never (YA Contemporary) - Lexi and Tristan have been best friends since they were three and bossing each other around ever since. High school came and a scandal with Lexi causes Tristan to walk away from her. She can only look at him and feel the pain of her best friend not defending her when everyone called her a slut for no reason. He's the reason they called her that, but he suddenly won't come protect her. Something changed and she can't figure out what it is.

Secret Project (YA Fantasy) - Poppy and Malik, brother and sister, both were born with magic and being hunted. The King seeks to put them in his menagerie, especially since Poppy is the only one to be missing her gem, which helps focus and control her power. Her magic is uncontrollable and she doesn't mean to, but she kills. They are searching for the gem, but along the way meet a girl named Nina, who might have the answers they want.

Forbidden Attraction (YA Contemporary) - She knew it wasn't right to be attracted to a guy. Girls dated girls and boys dated boys. That's how it always was. But Bristol can't stop staring at Lucas. After an accidental kiss, she can stop thinking about him. Every part of her is screaming that she shouldn't like him, but she wants Lucas. It's a reverse coming out book, from the point of view that everyone only dates the same sex.

I can't decide which one to write! I'm leaning a little more toward the contemporary ones, but I'm still stuck. Hopefully, I can find some inspiration and get out of my rut! Do you ever have trouble picking a book to write?


  1. Usually I have the opposite problem--I can never seem to come up with enough ideas! It's funny, I've had a short story idea floating around in my head for a while that's similar to your third idea (but then again, I never write short stories so I'll probably never do it...). I'd say go with whichever idea is speaking to you the most at the moment and just run with it. If the inspiration runs out, you can always switch to another idea for a while.

    February IWSG Co-host

  2. They all sound interesting! Have fun! :)

  3. What great ideas! The last one is a fascinating turn on what's usual. Good luck choosing! I'm a great believer in the fact that it will all work out, Krista!

  4. I like all of the ideas, especially the first one, because I think it's something a lot of people can relate to, especially at that age; that is, a lot of people know what it's like to lose friends. It's difficult for me to finish stories too; one thing that helps is remembering what Anne Lamott said about first drafts in her book Bird by Bird, which is to just write out everything or anything you want to say in the first draft, without stopping to revise it. The point is just to finish the first draft and then worry about revising it later.

  5. All the ideas sound like they would make great books, but I agree with Neurotic that I like the first one the best. Having lots of ideas to choose from is a good problem to have! Good luck making your choice. :)