Short Stories · Writing World

And Now For Something Completely Different

I finally finished my first draft of Becoming Free today! This round was much faster than previous books; Becoming Light’s first draft took almost 6 months, and The Other Side was about 8 or 9 (I was lagging a lot on that one). Becoming Free breaks the record in half with 3 months!

So I figured I’d give myself the rest of the day to celebrate by watching bad TV, eating and cuddling my needy puppy. This can all be achieved from the comfort of my sofa, so I intend to stay here until I have to leave for work tomorrow morning.

But my writer brain is still on and I can’t stop trying to brainstorm my next story, which will be a shorty for The Writers of the Future contest. I’d had an idea for the longest time, but now I’m really questioning its workability. So I’m back to the drawing board with no concrete ideas and the desire to create something completely different.

I went and Googled “how to jog your brain for story ideas” and found this helpful little article from Life Hacks.  It’s a little more focused on general creativity, including business, but some of the suggestions work well for authors. One that I hadn’t considered before is “look at your industry.” Basically, research what’s popular right now and why. That’ll definitely help considering this is a story that I’ll be sending out in the next month or two.

Keeping calm is another suggestion I should probably follow, considering I tend to freak out at the littlest things. I guess that means it’s meditation time now…

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