“Does a story choose a writer, or, does a writer choose the story?” this question asked by a friend stumped me. It triggered a series of thoughts, each more puzzling than the next.
This question is akin to asking what came first; the chicken or the egg? Do we choose our stories, or, do the stories choose us? I think it’s a bit of both. The initial advances and overtures are made by the story; it comes knocking on our door, eager for us to tell the world about it.
Then we (the writers) take the second step; we mull over the story, decide whether it’s worthy of our time and effort. Perhaps we even do a rough outline.
The story teases and tantalizes us to follow it, throwing all kinds of temptations our way, seducing us with its newness and easy availability. Thoroughly seduced, head over heels in lust, we are completely smitten. That’s what a new story is doing to me. It’s an adult fiction, with elements of a thriller and romance in it. I think this story has chosen me to write it. It’s just not leaving me alone. To get away from it, I started another MG Fiction. But, my mind is always going to that particular story.
I am wondering whether I should give in to its charms. This will be my first adult fiction. I am slightly worried as it will be a big leap from middle grade to adult. There is so much confusion in my mind. To write that story or not to write. As I don’t want to waste time working on a story that I may not do justice to it. There are all kinds of doubts in my mind. Will I be able to write an adult fiction?
A friend forwarded me this link to write the first draft in 29 days. Next week I will start writing my new story. I think I can afford to spend 29 days working on it and see where the first draft is heading.
Any advice for me? Have you all written for different age groups? If yes, how have you managed it?