Surprise, this is what you’re writing now

I have been absolutely consumed by a new story.

I was doing so well! A strong start on book two of the novella series, getting through a quick edit on book one, then all of a sudden I’m just hit with this idea. It came to me almost fully-formed, ready to go. Characters popped out of nowhere, with flawless interaction, solid personalities and reason for being. I kept interrupting work to write parts of it, and as soon as I arrived home, I got right back into it.

At this stage, from what I can tell, it’s probably another short story. Horror, maybe a little more “typical” than my other horror works, which tend to be very psychological with minimal blood and gore. I don’t know an approximate word count yet, but I’m hoping it won’t take too long to write. I was genuinely enjoying the novellas. The characters in that series are really exciting to write about, and there is so much potential. This, though… this is just stuck in my head, and I’m certainly not going to let it go to waste by working around it, even if I am somewhat torn between my stories.

There’s a good chance that I’ll write part of the story and come to a point where I don’t need to continue right away; there are plenty of others in my project list that have taken that route. Of course, with it already started, I shouldn’t have any trouble coming back to it at a later date to finish it off. On the other hand, I might just be stuck with the idea until I’ve written it all out.

One of the funniest things about this story? The characters came to me with names already, all except the main character. I have no idea what his name is. Maybe it will never be revealed. Maybe he is to remain nameless. We will have to see as it all pans out.

~A

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8 thoughts on “Surprise, this is what you’re writing now

  1. Sounds exciting! I, myself, really love gore. I’m all for psych thrillers, but I just excel at describing brutality 😀 Do you have any options as to where you could publish such a story when you finish? I’ll keep my eye open for horror anthos for you, just in case!

    1. Gore is fun, but getting into the heads of some seriously messed-up characters is just thrilling. 😀 This story has a bit more of the “rip and tear” elements. And guns. XD

      I hadn’t thought about publishing yet, so thank you! Those are details I worry about after the fact.

      ~A

  2. This is the opposite of what’s happening to me right now. I was working on a horror short story, chugging along, when BAM! A random, fully-formed literary story idea popped into my head and won’t leave. Guess I’m gonna have to write it. =)~ Good luck on getting yours out.

  3. “No, Ash, YOU are the horror writer.”
    And then Ashley wrote about zombies. 😉

    I have attention-deficit-creator-disorder too. I’ve had at least 2 things going at a time since 2004, & I really don’t see that changing anytime soon. Nor do I want it to.

    1. Not too far from the truth, actually. XD

      Well, looking over my project list, just this year I have worked on at least six of them to some significant degree. I would argue that I’m currently writing three things right now (TDM, SL, and NS). They are, at least, my most immediate projects. 😉

      ~A

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