Sunday, April 12, 2009

So Many Ideas, So Little Time

I have so many ideas floating through my head right now it's not even funny. Problem--they're distracting me from finishing the two novels I have going. The good point is that I want to keep writing the short stories so I can try to get some more publishing credits under my belt. Right now the only story I have published was an autobiographical essay titled The Path was Rocky, but Worth It, in "Voices of Alcoholism." I have submitted a short story to nine markets, with one rejection, eight still pending. It's a good story, so I'm very hopeful it will be in print soon.

Then I have a horror story with a new take on werewolves about 2/3 of the way finished. But I wonder if horror is really my niche at all. I mean, the first novel I wrote is more of crime drama, and the story I have submitted is a mainstream story chronicling the last moments of an elderly woman's life through her memories. I lean towards horror because it what I've always read, most movies I watch are horror, so I guess it's my comfort zone.

But does it being a main area of interest mean it is the best genre for me to write in? Probably not, but it's still where I feel comfortable. I just have problems with being too mean. I want to make my characters deep and likeable, so sometimes it's hard to do outrageous things to them.

Oh, well... I'll figure it out.


  1. I had trouble with conflicting ideas for a long time. They didn't quiet until I really settled into this current novel.

    It's helpful to have a separate journal to jot down random thoughts for other stories.

  2. Yeah, I have a leather journal my Mom gave me when I woke from the coma that has my ideas in it. Sometimes a line or two, sometimes a paragraph. MISSY DUQUESNE was a story I recently wrote that started from an idea in the journal. I really kept only the basic idea--it was originally meant to be thriller, and ended mainstream. that's how it needed to be, so what are you gonna do, right? Let the story achieve its potential, that's what!