This is my first IWSG post of 2016. Click here to read the reason I gave the first one a miss. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) an online group of writers, posts on the first Wednesday of every month. IWSG gives us writers a platform to share, express and discuss all our writing worries, fears, doubts and anxieties, with other writers who are fighting similar issues.
Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars), got the amazing idea to start this awesome group. Super A (as I have secretly nicknamed him) trots around the globe on the world wide web, like a blogging Santa Claus, helping other writers by giving them shoutouts on his blog, hosting them during their book releases and sharing their book covers.(If I praise Super A anymore, he will start blushing.)
This year I hope to write something different, by that I mean I want to move away from my comfort zone of Middle Grade and work on an adult novel. I have two ideas. I started writing a few pages of the first one, but then life interrupted me big time.
As the adult novel is a thriller, I am plagued by anxieties about doing a good job plotting the story. Thrillers need to be fast and furious, with action happening on every page, and twists and turns that make readers gasp. To be honest, I am a bundle of anxiety.
I do have a basic storyline in mind. I need to sit and plot it well, with twists and turns and revelations the story will make. Maybe take a few weeks to write a detailed outline. But, I am the kind of a writer who loves to start writing the moment an idea pops into my mind. I usually write a basic outline, and then start writing because If I’m not writing, then I drive myself nuts. I realized that as it’s the first time I am working on an adult novel I may lose my nerve if I spend several weeks in writing a detailed outline.
Do any of my blog buddies know a way I can circumvent this problem? I do want to try my hand writing something different. But unless and until I give it a try I won’t know. And I also need to outline in detail. Any tips?