Stubborn as a Muse

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When I start a new story, I get excited; I get into it.  I have all kinds of great ideas for the characters and plans and things.  Unfortunately, this can peter out pretty quickly.  I’m currently working on 3 stories and all began with promise, but I am inevitably blocked.  In addition to Isaac and Sarah, I’m working on a novel in a series about a character I’ve had around for a long time: William.

William is in a fantasy universe in the middle of a war.  I love him to death; he’s one of my favorite characters and I’ve written a lot about him, but I’ve been struggling to write this particular story for a very long time.  I don’t know how to handle a war—it’s such a broad thing that I can’t even really process it—so because the things that happen to Will in this book are all dependent on the events of the war, I just really don’t know how to go about writing it.  I’m considering jumping around and just telling the little pieces I know, but I’m not sure I can do that before I figure out what leads up to them.  I’ve been very excited about this story and I’m especially excited to work with William because he is—in my humble opinion—a great character, but after the thrill of the few scenes I wrote for Packet 4, I’ve fizzled out and I am yet again blocked.

I think I was blocked before I even started writing Isaac.  I have an idea of what goes on, but no specifics and I really don’t know how to write a teen superhero as a hero with his particular set of talents.  I’ve done a little research with the help of my super-nerdy sister, but I’ve basically concluded that in order for him to be a hero, with his skillset, he has to battle a supervillain.  My series has a supervillain, but he’s a major one and I didn’t want to introduce him yet because he’s supposed to be the antagonist to the whole group.  I could also bring in a sidekick superhero, but again, I didn’t want to introduce him as a super until later in the story, even though he’ll be getting his powers about now.  Ugh.  So, basically, I think that story’s dead in the water and I’m going to just have to let it be for now.

As for Sarah, I really do want to tell her story; it has significance for me, and, I hope, significance for the audience for which it’s intended, but I’m a bit stuck.  I have come across some new plot ideas, but I’ve gotten sucked into the whole Diary bit and I’m not sure how to tell her story truthfully outside of that.  I don’t think straight diary is the way to tell this story, but that’s all she’s giving me at the moment, so that’s what I’m moving forward with.

My muse is being very stubborn, but I am dragging her to work, kicking and screaming.  Hopefully she’ll submit to my demands soon, so I can go out with a bang this semester and be ready to hit the ground running in June.

May your muse be more generous than mine.

J

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