As I stated in my previous post, I’m in between projects right now. I’m also having a hard time committing to any one idea. I’ve outlined a few here and there, but something keeps stopping me. So I was discussing this with my husband, and he asked me a very interesting question. “If publishing as we know it ended, and you could only write ONE LAST story, what kind of story would that be?”
Needless to say, it got me pondering. It reminded me of the thoughts I had while I was single. “If I have to spend the rest of my life with one guy, what kind of guy do I want him to be?” So, I did what any dreamy eyed fourteen-year-old girl would do. I made a list. The following is a direct quote from my Moleskine:
1.Unique, high concept world
2. Epic in scope
3. Strong, intelligent MC
4. Good love story
-at least a star-crossed kinda thing
5. Mountains, oceans/seaside
6. People gotta die
Here’s the thing. I know I can’t sit around and wait for the ULTIMATE, BEST-EVER, ENCOMPASSING-EVERYTHING-INSIDE-MY-SOUL idea. And I probably shouldn’t demand that every novel I pursue have every single element I love. But I think I’ve reached a point where I’m willing to wait for The One.
“The One doesn’t exist!” you say. “Ideas are a dime a dozen!” you say.
Perhaps. But I’m waiting anyway. Because let’s face it, writing/editing a novel takes a long time. Six months, a year, a couple years. That’s a huge commitment, peeps. And it’s HARD! Writing a novel is hard! So I don’t want to put all that time and toil into something unless I truly love it. And I don’t just mean love. I’ve loved all my stories. (We writers tend to love pretty much anything our brilliant, precious brains dream up.)
No, I mean LOVE love. I want to write a book that I’d be okay with accepting as the last book I ever write. (Though in truth, that notion makes me really sad.) I want to write a book that I would be willing to walk down the aisle with. And so I’m not going to write another outline, until I’ve found it. I’m saving myself for book-writing-marriage. I’ll know him/it when I see him/it. 😉
How about you? What would be on your list of The One?