Work-in-Progress, Writing Process

New Ideas and Formulating Plots

I’m working on something new!

This is something that I would call a chronic issue with me. I like the “shiny new ideas” sometimes more than my current projects. However, since I am deep into revisions, I feel like it’s a safe time to actually start drafting something new for my sanity. My creative self needs to stay entertained and this is a great way to do that.

My new piece is a bit different than what I typically work on. It’s a YA (not odd for me), but also sports-focused. I’m using a lot of what I experienced in my high school days through my soccer experience in this one because they are my most vivid experiences from that time. I’ve always wanted to incorporate them into a piece and this story felt right.

That’s about where the connection to me ends to be completely honest. I don’t like to put too much of myself into my books, as I’ve said before, but instead give my characters questions or challenges with which I’ve struggled.

This one I’m focusing on the utter overwhelm that senior year of high school proved to be, and the choices about your life that it seems to present. How little control you seem to have yet everybody keeps saying you have to make huge choices. All the while the character I’m wrapping these things into plays a sport and a position in which it is crucial to keep her emotional cool. She has no true emotional outlet. For a teenager, especially a growing girl, that is torture.

I don’t want to share too much more, but I will leave you with this nugget. It’s basically High School Musical meets Soccer.

I’m very excited to keep working on it and will share more about it as I go. For now, it’s still percolating away in my mind as the internal conflict keeps solidifying and the antagonist’s goals become clearer to me.

I’ll try and keep you all up-to-date as I progress so that you get an inside look at how this one is begin created if that’s something you’d be interested in. I don’t want to talk too much about it till the draft is done though to make sure I don’t kill the motivation though.

Happy Writing!

Rachel

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