Right now I’m in that fuzzy, foggy land that all writers pass through. It is the land of in between. I’m not working on edits (for the moment,) nor am I drafting a novel. I’m not outlining any ideas. In fact, I’ve put the two I had onto the far back burner. So right now, basically, I’m floating in the void.
There are two ways to look at this place:
1. I’ve got nothin’.
No ideas that I like. Nothing to work on. My fingers itch, my head swirls with detached scenes and random voices. But I’ve yet to grasp anything and say, “Yes! This is what I’ll work on.” I sit down, open my laptop . . . and log onto Twitter.
However, like I said, this sis a place of conflicting emotions. Another part of me says:
2. The world is my oyster!
Do you ever watch a great movie, or read an amazing book, and say, “I’d love to write a story like that.”? I do. All the time. Well right now, I could write any of those. I could write a sweeping dystopian love story, or a heart-wrenching magic realism story, a quirky and funny contemporary novel, or a dark and epic fantasy. Anything I want! I can let my imagination soar! OMG, I’m going to write the BEST. NOVEL. EVER!!!
I just need the plot.
Oh yeah . . . I don’t have one.
(Go back to 1.)
So you ever feel this way? That you have a million ideas, but not really anything at all? A million stories you’d love to write, but no basic plot or concept to grab onto?
It really is frustratingly wonderful and wonderfully frustrating.