A writer’s mind can be a fickle creature. At least, that’s what I say to make myself feel better; I’m really not sure if it’s even true. But it sounds like something that I could get away with saying, doesn’t it? Doesn’t it?
I say this is as an attempt to make you think I’m just ‘doing what writers do’ when I alert you to the fact that I have made some changes to my ‘Current Projects’ page. I am still working on my big project – my secretive non-fiction series with Tania McCartney – but I had previously told you I was also working on some picture book manuscripts.
I changed my mind.
I wasn’t getting anywhere with my picture books. In short, the ideas dried up very quickly and, although I would love to return to that genre in the future, I’ve decided to move on for now. There are a couple of reasons behind this: one is a deep-seeded impatience, and the other is to avoid setting into a permanent state of so-called writer’s block.
Despite this, I have not given up on fiction. Oh no, because this is a big part of my writing dream.
At the moment I’m feeling drawn to junior fiction. I’m in love with books for the seven/eight to twelve years age group and so here I am, trying one out for myself.
I can’t tell you too much, but this time the reason is that I have no idea how this idea will turn out. I’m really not good at planning out a story, so I tend to see where it takes me, ideas flowing as I write. And my main character, a ten-year-old girl by the name of Roxy Jones, has me inspired to write, write, write.
As an added motivator I’m attempting to draft this manuscript really, really quickly. By the end of the month, in fact. Hopefully this means it keeps my attention and stops my mind from wandering.
Because a writer’s mind is fickle. Or is that just me?