Friday, December 7, 2007

Story Ideas

Blurbs. That's what I've been doing lately. Just Blurbs.

I can't get into the story I've been slowly working on. I don't know if it's the plot or that I simply don't give a rat's ass about the characters (which, in my opinion, is pretty bad since they come from *my head*!). I was reading last night on DG's website that story ideas are the *easy* part of writing - I have to disagree. I can't come up with a plot to save my life! I feel confident that if I can just come up with an idea that the words will flow. lieu of a concrete idea, I've just been writing blurbs of crap on my flash drive. When I get bored, or start looking too closely at what I've written, I move on to something else. I'm not sure if this is helping me at all, but I feel I'm at least accomplishing the "Just Write" directive!

If I wasn't spending most of my time checking out the forum - procrastinating - I'd probably be better off! Well, that and reading all of the blogs of forumites! (Infinitely better than this one - go check them out now and stop wasting your time here! )



Carol A. Spradling said...

Hi Tara,
The other day while browsing an agent's website, I came across a wish list of things they are looking for. Apparently this list is updated monthly. I'm not suggesting that you write anything on this list, but I thought it might jump start an idea.

A pacifist detective who can’t seem to stop killing people.

A serendipitous detective—one who investigates by random chance.

A chess grand-master who solves crimes by means of analogy to chess strategies.

A distrustful detective whose conviction is that everyone, except his comatose mother, is living a lie—and who is correct.

A detective who investigates only murder-suicides, certain that such crimes have hidden reasons.

A horologist detective—one obsessed with time and time pieces.

A detective with synaesthesia—one who sees clues as (say) colors.

A police attorney who defends cops in controversial shootings, racial episodes, etc.

A teen detective whose dad is a criminal.

Yeah, I know. He does tend to have a strong preference to detective style reads. *shrug*

Anyway, if this doesn't help, I have a few other ideas. (s)