A Change Of Plans

The story I have been working on for the last year is a pretty dark tale that examines things such as right vs wrong, fighting fire with fire, and to an extent what people would sacrifice in order to save someone (or something) they loved.  I’m around 60% finished with the story and still have a strong passion for it, but the problem is that I have to get my mind in a pretty dark place in order to re-enter that world.  As some of you know my wife & I just had our first child so its hard to enter a “dark place” when I am excited and loving the world!  So needless to say my dark WIP is going on the back-burner while I work on something new.

Now I plan on using this new-found love for the world to realize a story that I have had rolling around in my head for a while.  Some of the best books & movies I consumed as a child made me believe that anything was possible.  That the world was this giant place filled with wonder and beauty.  Now I still believe that is the case but once you lose those “innocence-glasses” it’s hard to see the world the same.  I want my son to have that same feeling of wonderment so I am going to tap into my inner-child and try to create something that will give him that same feeling.

I have another project I’m working on that I hope to make into a series of books.  This project is not inherently dark but does have some darker undertones.  Whenever I’m having a hard day or I’m just not in the kiddie writing mood I plan on developing and jumping into that world.

Just wanted to let you all know as your support and inspiration has continued to push me forward in my writing journey.  While I still haven’t nailed down a new writing routine having this little guy has provided me with plenty of inspiration.  Now if he’d only let me find a few hours a day to utilize it  🙂

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8 responses to “A Change Of Plans

  1. take a break and write some happy stuff. Why not?

  2. My first novel was about my breakup with my last boyfriend. It was called Dye in a Fire, and it talked about a hair stylist who accidentally kills his boyfriend. It was meant to reflect on those moments of insanity one has during a break up, and how easy it is for someone to snap due to the emotional roller coaster. I didn’t finish it, but I did succeed in getting 50K words in for NaNoWriMo. I placed the book on the back burner and worked on a few other projects.

    In the meantime, I got with my current boyfriend and became happier, more loving. Eventually, I couldn’t go back to the “dark place” you mentioned because I was already over it. There’s a bitterness there, still, but I’m more forgiving. I realize now that holding onto it won’t make things any better. I had my moment to write about it, and I did. Maybe I will finish it in the future. For now, I’m glad to have experienced writing a novel.

    I did NaNoWriMo the next two years. This past year, I completed a novel. I am thankful for the experience, but sometimes things aren’t meant to be fleshed out. Some things are meant to be stepping stones to something deeper, more meaningful.

    Good luck and congratulations on the arrival of your son!

    • My “Dark” WIP began as me working through some anger issues I had due to some difficulties in life. So much like your Dye In A Fire I have reached a place where I don’t need to vent. Now over the 100 or so pages I have written it has evolved into something else so I still want to finish it to see what it can become. And also because I really like one of the characters :-p

  3. Sounds Brilliant, I saw The Fred Savage Wizard Movie was on the other day, and I thought of you… I didn’t watch it, but I believe you Posted about it once.

    Good Luck

    DarkJade-

  4. You must have dark to fully appreciate light. And vice versa.

  5. I know that feeling – my husband and I had our first son last year and it’s hard to go to darker places in mind when there is this great joy of one’s own child. Sounds like a good idea to take some time (what little there is left for writing being a parent) and tap into those feelings and use them to create stories of wonder and amazement for your son.

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