As a tie-in to yesterday's Wednesday Wondering, lets talk about figuring out where a plotline may be going.
So when I was younger I wrote a lot, but when I reached college, I was working full-time, had an over full-load of classes and little to no sleep. Unfortunately, the writing fell by the wayside. Now that I've picked it up again, I rediscovered my love for it about a year and a half ago, I find I have a hard time ever completely walking away.
My husband tells me I need to take a break once in a while, but I can't. I feel like I have nearly 10 years of stories in me and they all need to be told. Every single one of these characters have sort of become integrated into my day-to-day life. This is where my more recent issue has arisen.
I'm the sort to have multiple projects going on at all times. It's the Gemini in me, I can't help it. So besides my 3 completed ms, I have several WIPs right now at varying stages of completion. Some have a hundred pages, some have just a couple of sentences. Now for many of you out there, you understand what I mean when I say "inspiration can strike anywhere" and as cliche as that line may be, it's the truth.
As I said previously, general plotlines come to me out of order and then I have to figure out where they go amongst my many WIPs. After I have a completed or mostly completed ms is when I usually go back to do an outline. Then I tweak as necessary.
So if you're amongst the legions of writers (or is it just me?) who write completely out of order and with several WIPs going (does anyone else sense my A.D.D.?) how do you determine which WIP a new inspiration goes into? Or is it one of those things that you "just know" and can't explain?
Let me know your thoughts! Have a great day!