Someone, Please Send Me a Clue

November is rapidly approaching and I am not enthusiastic about any of my ideas or former drafts.  I read through 300 writing prompts yesterday and none of them prompted me to write.  Not one.

I am so ready to move on to my next novel – I spent way too much time writing and re-writing my last one and I have learned my lesson – I need to create a detailed outline – and follow it.  I had an outline for the Involuntary Tourist, but I did not follow it closely. Then I  decided to change some things around and got totally lost.

The premise and the story were so exciting to me that it kept me going until the end. Ten years is a long time to be excited about something.

Now, I am excited about nothing.  I am finding that I have become impatient with my brain.  I want to have at least a month to develop my idea into a tight outline, so I’m ready for November.  I have a screenplay in the works, that I like, but I want to do something totally NEW and FRESH to me.

I have a ton of drafts, notes, and research done that is sitting around in my filing cabinet – like dust bunnies I am trying to ignore, but they won’t go away.  I have thought often about pitching them into our wood-burning stove during the winter.  Of course, I never do it.  After all, those ‘almost’ books are like children.

I do not perform well under pressure.  I need to stop trying so hard. The best ideas come to me when I least expect them.  Truth be told, they usually happen in the shower or on the pot.  Not glamorous, but there you have it.

I will keep you posted.


♥  TTFN  ♥


Under Construction

You may have noticed weirdness here at JodiLeasPlace.  Not the usual weirdness, that is my brain, but technical changes, design & color changes. 
Since I have my own domain now –, it is time to reinvent and decorate the place.  

The plan is to make things more readable, and aesthetically pleasing.  In other words: cooler than before.  And, I need a mental break between finishing one novel and choosing one of the 3 I found waiting in my filing cabinet to work on. All three are worth a second go.  The dilemma I have is – I really want to start Something Incredibly Different. 

Tomorrow is April 1st and Camp NaNoWriMo.  I know that the best course for me is to work on a thorough outline so I can stay on track with the story. Taking nine years to finish the last novel has taught me that -Ha!  Do I outline one of the filed 3 and play it safe OR do I jump out of my comfort zone and go for it?

Please, faithful Reader, help me out here!  Send me your professional opinion via the comment section!  

♥  TTFN  ♥

BTW: No rodents were harmed in the designing of the blog header.