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The Big Reveal

August 1, 2012 by Suzi

Welcome to the Big Reveal

I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from unagented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them. Some of these ladies have helped me with my own work, or given me advice on blogging or writing, so check out their blogs and see what they’re about.

Do you any (many) story ideas that are just waiting to be written?

 

Stacie Stokes, Un-agented author
I have three ideas currently battling it out in my head – I’m trying to decide which one I’ll take on next. Once I start writing I have to put my full attention onto that story, so the others will go on the backburner until I can get to them.

Me (Suzi) Un-agented author
I have lots of ideas waiting to be explored. Some just a basic premise. A few a little more thought out. Unfortunately I don’t have the time to tackle them all. Plus I have so many waiting to be edited too. But when an idea hits, and I get the urge to write, it’s hard to ignore. So far I’ve never written two stories at the same time. Edited, yes. But not writing.

Joelene B. Perry, Published author
I WISH I could do one at a time and work on it. I finally had it narrowed down to four, then last week I sent my four blurbs to a good friend (I have between 3 and 10K written in each). She emailed back with the two she’d most like to read for me, lol. Then that night, I got another idea and plunked out 7K in a couple hours. So…yeah… I just bounce between projects until one grabs me.

Liesl Shurtliff, Pre-published author
I always have a few stories sitting in my head at any given time, and I jot down notes as ideas come to me, but I only have so many brain cells and most of them are usurped by my WIP. (Although sometimes when I’m struggling with my WIP I start to think on those other ideas a little more.)

Mindy McGinnis, Pre-published author
I tend to have a “frontrunner” going all the time, but I will jot down the less-intensives in a notebook if they do something interesting.

Amy Sonnichsen, Agented author
I’m working on two stories simultaneously right now (which I don’t necessarily recommend). I have one more plot idea written roughly in a notebook. I don’t allow myself to think about new ideas when I’m overwhelmed with the ones I already have. *grin*

Melodie Wright, Agented author
I write only one thing at a time, but I’m in revision for several MS. While finished MS are out with betas, I write or revise other projects. As far as story ideas…I don’t have a notebook of them like I did in my journalism days. Because I spend so long with a project, the topic really has to grab me before I’ll go with it.

Ryann Kerekes, Agented author
Yes, I always have a few ideas stewing. In addition to the book I’m currently writing, I have ideas for four others. I typically only work seriously on one at a time, but when inspiration strikes, I do try to take the time to at least create a little idea file in my computer.

Ben Spendlove, Un-agented author
I don’t really entertain “extra” ideas for very long, but I now have two big ideas I intend to write. That’s about as many as I keep around.

Cassie Mae, Agented author
Yes. I write the first chapter of a lot of stories and get to them after I’ve finished the one I’m currently working on.

Jade Hart, Pre-published author
Yes. Tons. I have a folder called: My Millon Dollar Ideas. Where I write mini pitches to jog my memory for when I’m ready for a new project.

Do you have several projects going on at once?
Or are you more of a one-at-a–time writer?


12 Comments »

  1. Kyra Lennon says:

    I have a bunch of ideas at the moment, all waiting to be written. Unfortunately, I haven’t been blessed with the skill to work on more than one thing at a time lol!

  2. Rachel Schieffelbein says:

    There are two ideas I’m battling over starting. The problem is, there’s one I’d rather start (to be totally honest) and one my husband is bugging me to start!

  3. Cassie Mae says:

    We writers need bigger heads to hold all our ideas. Oh wait… they are called computers. never mind ;)

  4. Great question. I’ve always wondered that too! And you asked some of my favorite people :)

  5. That’s a great questions! And so interesting hearing how everyone else operates :) I may get an idea in my head to start with, but the story always takes twists and turns completely changing it. I think I’m incapable of having more than at a time. I’d start entwining them into one :)

  6. Janeal says:

    Great question! It’s interesting to see what other people are like. I have lots of ideas, but usually keep them computer stored and only work on one thing at a time. Those that can work on more than one thing at a time amaze and impress me.

  7. Fun idea! This is really brilliant. I wish I could have a million ideas and books that I’m working on at a time. *sigh* Alas, it doesn’t work for me. I have the book I’m working on plus my thoughts constantly darting to books 2 and 3 of the trilogy it will turn into. Plus… one other idea that just snuck up on me that I’d like to try soon. :)

  8. Kelley Lynn says:

    Currently I’m revising one work, will be doing edits soon on another and querying another. There are other ideas in my head, some first chapters down on paper. They’ll just have to wait though :)

  9. I’m so linear! One idea at a time. I’m starting to think there’s something wrong with me!

  10. I work on 2-3 manuscripts at a time, so I have no problem juggling.

  11. I LOVE this feature Suzi! And I love reading everyone’s answers. I can only work on one thing at a time, so I tend to jot down my other ideas in a notebook. Once I start typing it out, I become completely engrossed!

  12. Sounds like we’re all idea machines. ha ha! That’s awesome! :D

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