April 29, 2009

Writer's Block

I've had this idea for my next book for a while now, but I'm stuck. I don't know what it is, but I just can't bring myself to buckle down and really start this thing. Is this a stupor of thought?

I have maybe two thirds of the first scene written. I have about 10 scenes planned and I think I know how it ends. I have all the dots, but part of me refuses to connect them. What's wrong with me?

Maybe it is a stupor of thought and I should take this as a signal that maybe I shouldn't be working on this project right now. I do have another idea for a book, but it's just an idea. Perhaps it would be better to pursue that project instead..

April 14, 2009

Advanced Writing Workshop

FSU has a very competitive Creative Writing program. You can only take Fiction Technique once, then you submit a short story to the Advanced Workshop. You either get in or you don't. And if you don't, then you're supposed to change your major to Literature. But for me, if I don't get in then what's the point? I'm taking classes for fun, to improve my writing.
Well, there are about a hundred seats for the fall semester and I got one!

April 13, 2009

My Current Project

I've started work on my next project, which as of yet lacks a title. But here's the gist of it:
My main character Rachel (no connection to any real persons) can see the dead before they pass on to the after life. There are reasons for this, but I'm not sure if I'll get the chance to explain why. One ghost in particular is different. It seems Nathan has no unfinished business. Rachel and Nathan grow closer, unable to touch, unable to share their relationship with anyone else, until Rachel finds herself in a life and death situation. Nathan is unable to get the attention of anyone who might be able to help. In an act of desperation, he is able to save her. Now he has a physical body, but there are other complications.

First, he can't tell anyone his past or they'd lock him in a mental institution. Second, there are the shadow people--spirits too evil to merit a body--who want to know how Nathan did what he did. Third, a group of self-proclaimed knights (who fight against the shadow people) believe that Nathan has possessed the body of an innocent victim.
And... that's just about all the plot I have so far.
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