Slumming for Ideas

So, part of what is going on with the book thing is that my agent is trying to sell me as a two-book deal. (And it’s probably going to go that way, if everything lines up the way it should). And this is a Good Thing. After all, I had already started writing the sequel a few months ago, and once it becomes official, I’ll start focusing most of my writing time on finishing it. (And I would have had more of it done already, but being that I wasn’t sure if Book 1 would sell, I wanted to work on a different project as well. You know. Just in case I sucked.)

However, things won’t be stopping here, as during the last conversation with my agent she asked what else I was working on. (The theory here is that she’d like me to be writing two series at the same time, if I can.) And that kind of stopped me. Because yes, I do have a secondary project being written, but it’s more of a standalone than anything else. And I told her about that and about the YA SteamPunk thing I’ve started fleshing out, which I think she liked the sound of better. Problem is that some of the concept has already been done (remember when I blogged about no original ideas? Well I’m a bit caught up in it too. Apparently floating mechanical cities are a bit more common that I thought.)

But she suggested I pick up a title or two of other SP/YA type books and just make sure they’re not too similar. There’s nothing that says I can’t have floating cities (just like there’s nothing that says I can’t write about vampires) – but they have to be as original as I can make them. And I think the premise is original enough, but I need to solidify the details.

Which I’m doing this weekend, actually. Although I really am a panster when it comes to details, I’m discovering that even writing out a short synopsis is very helpful for me as far as seeing the “big picture” goes.

Think these two will be involved some how tho…

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11 Responses to Slumming for Ideas

  1. Simon says:

    And here I thought I was cheating on my novel when I took a break to write some flash fiction. Apparently being unfaithful to the WIP is expected, though. Huh.

    I can roll with that.

  2. Jeffe says:

    how scary should I find it that you and I, committed pantsters, are both contemplating brainstorming and plotting the next work on the same weekend?

  3. La-Tessa says:

    Sounds like good news lady.  Your agent seems to really be behind you and pushing for your success.  I know working on two seperate things at once can be a bit tricky, but I think you can do it. 

    And keep the mechanical floating city, I bet yours will be more kick ass than ANYTHING on the shelves now.

  4. Suzette Saxton says:

    Sounds very promising. Didn't Shannon Hale have three books that were loosely connected?

  5. mynfel says:

    Yeah, I think so – but this would actually be two unrelated stories. I've got some ideas. 🙂   And congrats on your agent switch again. You must be so excited!

  6. mynfel says:

    Eh. Yeah – I know what you mean. I had a hard time with that a while back when I was trying to write two at once. (Which I did manage to do). It's odd how much loyalty one feels to a piece isn't it??

  7. Carrie Harris says:

    Frankly, I think the world needs more floating cities…

  8. bluey says:

    Synopsis is good. You never know what ideas will be triggered when you try and put the story together. Or at least that's what I've found. 🙂

  9. writtenwyrdd says:

    Hey, I left a post and it disappeared.  This keeps happening on blogger blogs lately.

    Anyhow, what I said was that you might check out Miyazaki's anime Castle In The Sky as it's got great steampunk visuals but with a Japanese take on them.

  10. mynfel says:

    Actually, they're still there – the blog just seems to be rather slow in loading th comments. I'm not sure why. 🙁

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