by Andrea Renee Cox
Sometimes deciding what to write is hard.
I could write an entire catalogue of articles on how many times I’ve struggled with what to write about for my blog articles. But that’s not what I’m talking about here.
How does one choose which story to focus on when there are a dozen, two dozen, a hundred ideas floating around in one’s mind?
Sometimes it’s really hard, and sometimes it really hurts, to have to choose. It hurts because once a writer has invested time and energy and precious brain cells building a particular story world populated by a bunch of intriguing characters that the writer begins to love, it’s really tough when a new idea comes along and begs for attention. Sometimes a writer has multiple projects, all with great settings and problems and characters and pets. The tough choice then gets even tougher, because in order to say yes to one set of characters and their world, the writer inevitably has to say no or not now to all the rest.
For this writer in particular, that’s really painful.
I’ve struggled with this conundrum for several days, and once I caved and worked on a secondary project for a while, writing out a really great scene. But I made a choice a while back to focus on one series until I got it done and out there for people to read. Now, I know I can always change my mind since I’m not under a contract, but I also know that people have invested time and energy into cheering for me in my budding writing career. They’ve rooted for me and encouraged me when I’ve gotten a bit blue about it all. They’ve brainstormed with me when all ideas fled my brain. They’ve listened when I had to rant about the unexpected twist one of my plots took that just happened to change everything.
Yet, even though I made that choice to stick to my current series of four books until they’re available, I still find myself getting the itch to work on two completely different projects instead.
So I don’t know what to do right now. I am unsure which project, which story I would rather focus on at the moment.
How would YOU like to help me decide which project to focus on for the next few weeks?
Take a look at the following story ideas, all of which are in some phase of writing or editing for me right now. Vote by letting me know in the comment section which one you like best. I’ll tally up the votes at the end of the week and let you know the results in my next article here on Writing to Inspire.
A woman wakes up in a hospital unable to remember anything about herself, but the doctor recognizes her immediately – only he doesn’t want to tell her the truth.
Several ladies head out on a cross-country road trip, but each one’s secrets cause problems along the way.
A former singer hides out with her daughter in a quaint horse town, but a stranded journalist thinks she could be just the story he needs to revive his stalled-out career.
Which idea do you like best?
How do you decide when you have
several great options to choose from?
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