September is going well so far, I’m almost keeping up with my targets, and the weather is glorious. Sunny and bright without the stifling heat of July. In fact, perfect conditions for writing outside.
I’m outlining today, ready to get back to work on the main script tomorrow. However, new (and old) ideas keep on intruding. New ideas are being stored in my “plot bunnies’ thread” over at SeptNoWriMo, but there’s at least one old idea that is clamouring for my attention. I keep telling myself that I am full for this year, but “Just Joe” won’t wait. It’s a story I’ve wanted to tell for a while, and may end up displacing “The Listeners” as my NaNoWriMo project, if I’m not careful.
The story of “The Listeners” is pretty much decided, and the world-building is going well. The characters are slowly gaining depth, and the sub-plots are emerging. Logically, it is a good choice for NaNo, as I know where I’m going with it. All I have for “Just Joe” is a main character, an ending, and a premise. It’s much less developed as an idea, but I really want to get the story started. Especially as I think it would suit a webcomic, and that means finding an artist to work with, which means having sample scripts prepared.
To be honest, I have no idea how to start looking for an artist, especially an experienced webcomic artist. It will have to be an artist with webcomic experience, because I personally have no clue about how to set up and run a website – much less how to make a business out of it. Yet another reason to postpone “Just Joe” while I do my research, in fact.
And yet, despite all these good reasons for shuffling “Just Joe” into 2014, and sticking with “The Listeners” for November, I find myself daydreaming about Joe’s world, and the stories I could tell within it. Perhaps I should just take one day and work all the “Just Joe” itch out of my muse. Perhaps… but one day leads to two, and before you know it I’ll have not only pushed back “The Listeners” but also “Beyond Imagining ” (again).
OK, time to get some help. Calling all writers, artists, and creative people generally. Or anyone who is in charge of their own work-load, actually. How do you deal with multiple projects competing for your time? How do you keep new, exciting ideas from derailing your plans?
on a postcard in the comments, please. Thank you.