Sorry I have been a little overwhelmed with the whole getting published thingamebob but now I am back to being just whelmed in a regular way - adjusting to life and a new career as a writer.
I hear so many people tell me they want to write a book one day. Its ALMOST getting on my nerves how many times I hear it. Either they don't have the time or they aren't emotionally or mentally in the right place to write. Here's the secret to writing a book - you just kind of have to sit down and write it. Then you rewrite it, then you edit it and just keep going until its something you're vaguely happy with (or you go crazy).
Be open to change!
Without going into the specifics here, I kind of had a plot mapped out for the next book I wanted to write, I had gathered information, made some vague outlines. Then I watched a TV show and the plot was too similar to what I had planned and so I decided to scrap it (for now). That wasn't annoying at all!!!!!
If you find yourself in a similar situation dont get dishearted - every story has been told before - you can either tell it from a different perspective or find a new angle - no one can write your story but YOU
Don't be afraid of research.
Watch, read, consume ideas, read news etc - its not time wasting, its research and its important - just know when to draw the line and when you are just stalling yourself.
So I've had a week to mull it over and have managed on the fly to come up with something else. I have spent that week watching documentaries, reading blogs, asking questions on forums, reading articles and news reports, watching dramas, anything and everything to try and trigger some kind of story in my mind from the initial concept idea.
Your original idea may evolve and change - adapt to it and don't see it as some kind of failure. Sometimes its the challenges and overcoming them that make writing fun!
So I had already kind of figured out a main character for the story I originally wanted to write. I managed to mostly transfer him over because all I had was a plan and a character bio. I had to tweek it slightly but it felt easier than starting completely from scratch - even though essentially its a completely different character.
I really wanted a complete outline before I started - but as with everything I do - I got so into the characters and the story that i wanted to tell that I am FAR too excited to just sit on this and wait for the rest of the plot to come to me. I have a 30% idea and that's enough for me for now. I think I probably end up planning the story in 4 or 5 stages.
I've written fifteen thousand words. that means I have roughly eighty five thousand to go (give or take!) All of that excitement I was talking about before? its been replaced with a crushing and daunting feeling mixed with the excitement of finding my characters and finding out what's going to happen to them.
Personally I try and work on one project at a time, because I think its good to be immersed in your story.
Do it now!
The truth is there is no good time to start writing - you just have to get on with it - its all a learning process. I am still learning now!