RTW: Little Wisps and Threads of Ideas

From YA Highway:

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question to write about on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic: What do you hope to be writing in one year?  Three?  Five?

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

I love this question.  I love to think ahead, to dream, to know that when I'm finished with my current manuscript, and the next one, there will be more.  My mind is filled with little wisps and threads of ideas.

In one year, WAITING FOR THE SUN, my current WIP, will be finished, revised, polished, perhaps on a journey to publication.  I'm hopeful that the haunted piano/time travel idea will take off and I'll at least have a healthy draft finished. In fact, I'm tempted to try to finish this draft of WFTS so I can take a crack at the piano for NaNo.

I've got another novel idea brewing -- a couple of months ago I had a very detailed dream about a story that I had started (but did not finish) at least ten years ago.  I hadn't thought about this story in a very long time, and in fact it was not much more than a few characters, a setting, and an event - a wedding.  But my dream worked it all out for me, added a good dose of conflict, a little romance, bam.  The story takes place in Door County, Wisconsin, so I'd guess I'd better plan that writing retreat.

Three years from now, perhaps I'll be working on a sequel to WFTS.  These characters are such a part of me already, and even though it's not finished, I have a vague idea of how the book ends.  There's much more to tell, I'm certain. 

I'd like to go back to the one that started it all for me - my first attempt at a YA novel, titled MY LIFE IN A FOG.  It's mostly finished, in a very rough draft sort of way, as is that one about the river, which needs some major revisions, too.

Five years from now?  Who knows.  I just know that no matter what, I will still be writing YA.  

Here's another creepy photo, just for fun.


How about you?  What does the future hold for you and your writing?

Comments

  1. I love this: My mind is filled with little wisps and threads of ideas.

    Me too. I love that we get to write them. :)

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    1. Yes, it's all fine and good to have ideas, but the writing of them - pure heaven. Most of the time. :)

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  2. I have story ideas brewing, too, that I can't wait to get to at some point. Your time travel/haunted piano idea sounds fantastic. I've been cooking up a YA historical/time travel novel ever since we got back from Scotland and would really like to just plunge in and write it. Alas, I have other projects already on the go that need attention. Still, don't you just love having these ideas that need to get themselves down on paper? :)

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    1. I'm really into the time travel thing lately. I can't wait to dive into the piano story... but... must... finish... WFTS....

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  3. Ooo intrigued with your haunted piano/time travel WiP. Fun combination!

    This RTW was quite a good one. I'm a bit of an obsessive planner and always look ahead. I have myself driving, querying and training to be a teacher by this time next year. ^^

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    1. It's always fun to dream... can't say I'm much of a planner, though. Good for you on your plans. Sounds great - are you excited for the driving part? :)

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  4. That picture is creepy...but in a good, story-inspiring way :)

    I love that you have so many ideas floating around your head right now. Mine never pop up until I'm nearing the end of a draft, so who knows what I'll be writing in five years? As long as I'm still writing :)

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    1. That's write - as long as you're still writing. There's a great community of writers all over the world who have your back and will be your biggest cheerleaders! :)

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  5. Ohhhh a sequel to WFTS? I already cannot wait to finish reading this draft :D
    That piano story also sounds very very interesting!
    :D

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    1. Thank you! :) Yes, a sequel. !!! I finally know how WFTS ends, but it doesn't really end there.

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  6. Love this, I really think the Time Travel idea is going to be taking off, I'm obsessed with it at the moment!

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    1. I'm so lucky that I have a logical, scientific husband who said he would help me make my time travel story more credible. Um, it's fiction? I'm obsessed with it, too. Can't wait to write this thing!

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  7. It's great that you want to go back and finish the first YA story you attempted. I've shelved quite a few stories over the years and I think now I'd see them in an entirely different light. New ideas are lovely but sometimes old ideas deserve a second look.

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    1. As terrible as it is, I'm totally in love with the story and the characters in that first story. It's not fair to leave them in their current state. :)

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  8. A haunted Piano sounds really really cool!

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  9. Love that Eleanor Roosevelt quote. She was a classy lady.

    And a haunted piano could be really interesting... My interest is piqued!

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    1. She said a lot of profound things. And thank you! More to come on that - I can't ignore it because my son pounds out the spirits every night when he practices!

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  10. I very selfishly want the piano story to be written like yesterday!

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    1. Well, it is a time travel novel, so maybe I could arrange that. :)

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  11. Something tells me that I would *really* like your stories. All your ideas sound so... I don't know. Creepy and fun. This is based solely on the phrase "haunted piano." Haha.

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    1. I'm feeling rather creepy lately. Might be the season - I love Halloween. I used to love it more before I had kids, though. There's something wrong in that statement, I realize.

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  12. Well I won't be sleeping tonight... Also I like that haunted piano/time travel idea. Good luck. Thanks for sharing. :D

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  13. I'll be writing YA and MG still. That's all I need to know. :)

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  14. Cool image! I'd like to have another YA and a middle grade fantasy out.

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    1. Thank you! There will be more where that came from. :)

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  15. I love your creepy, fun picture. Picmonkey is very addictive, isn't it?! How fun that you had a dream that handed you your plot and characters, etc! Sometimes I think that if I think hard enough about a plot problem as I'm falling asleep, I'll dream about it and the dream will give me the answer. Hasn't happened yet. :)

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