All of the possibilities

So, I made the mistake of asking two of my writing friends what they thought my next book should be. I outlined a few plots, and then…

Well, we had an hour-long discussion – aka. they tore my ideas to pieces – and we went off on tangents including spinal fluid, Regency, superheroes, Brighton Pier, love stories, killing people by burying them in sand, and the importance of alcohol. Yeah. Writers are weird.

The major issue that I had with the story was that it lacked a pull; the protagonist didn’t really have any reason, any stake. In addition, we decided the story needed a twist; sure, standard plots are fun, but what you really need is the “ok, that sounds normal….what?!” moment when someone hears your tagline. So together, we came up with a roughly workable idea based on this original concept, and I’ve been refining it. I’m currently in the thinking stages – it always feels like I’m not really doing anything, and I have to resist the urge to start writing. But I need the time; I think as I’m walking, and as I give it the time to expand, it grows and twists.

I throw out ideas, too, and throw them in, and mix them up. My characters change; a group? A city? One person? A love story? What would tell my story best, what fits the world, what lets me have fun? The entire thing is malleable, and in many ways, this is the most fun part – where entire plotlines change because I suddenly want to add something, or I throw out whole ideas because something else works better. It’s a frustrating and a fun stage.

I’ve got scribbles and notes, and I have a feeling that I may try this for my 2017 NaNo; I should have a rough plot by then, and have my world figured out. But at this stage, the whirlwind includes Romeo & Juliet, castles, mafia, alcohol, death, necromancy, robots, romance…

The ideas are just bouncing around!

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.

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