Hello people! Most of you may know that I don’t write much. Or at all, really. But I do want to, and I hope to. I think I like to procrastinate, even when I have some really good ideas. The main reason I’m writing this post is to motivate myself to actually write these, and get tips from you guys on how to not procrastinate. I really do want to be a better writer and things, I just don’t know to actually make time to do it. So to people who’ve written novels (probably most of you) this may seem a little strange, but hey, whatever. I should note that I’m stealing this blog idea from about a zillion different people, but oh well.
- Diana and the Golden Apples retelling (probably novel)
This is a Greek or Roman myth, I think. When I was younger, I had an audio story of it, and I did some research on other versions online. My interpretation is this: a girl is somehow left by her parents in the woods (robber attack or something?) and gets adopted by people who live there. She learns to run and hunt, and is the fastest runner in the village with the exception of her best friend, whose name begins with M (I don’t know why, okay?). Somehow, her parents find her and want her to get married. She says she will only marry a man who beats her in a race. Nobody can, until said best friend comes to try. He was injured in a war, and now, to slow her down, in their race, he throws 3 increasingly heavy golden apples for Diana to pick up. He wins, and they get married (kinda lame/predictable ending, really).
I feel this would make a great sic-fi retelling or something, I don’t know, but I really like the story and it would be fun to do something with.
- Chocolate (yes, that’s a sucky title. I know. Probable short story? Historical)
I had this idea back in December, and I’ve worked on the story twice. But I didn’t really plan the plot, and when I worked on it the second time I changed everything on what I had done and never finished it.
This is a little simpler than the retelling; I imagine it would be set in the first half of the 20th century, in Dunedin (this is a city in New Zealand with a chocolate factory). There’s an immigrant girl who lives with her grandparents (or some other relative) and gets a job there, where she is excluded, and there is a mayor/rich guy’s son, who really doesn’t want to be there. I think this could make an interesting story, even though I don’t know where to go with it.
I would have to do research into what the setting looked like at the time, immigrants there, attitudes towards immigrants, and how long that Cadbury factory has actually been there. (I’m told people from the US don’t know about Cadbury, the best chocolate in the world.(okay, that might be pushing it. Definitely the most prevalent, in my experience.) Is this true?)
- Mud (novel or short story, I don’t know. And yes, this is also a terrible title. Dystopia)
This is a very random and unformed idea that I mentioned in a previous post. But basically, this scene floated into my head (when I was walking through the mud in Kashmir) of a girl, walking through a desert of mud, without a soul in sight. She has no wilderness skills but a destination in mind (I don’t know what that would be yet, but some kind of safe haven, I guess). I don’t want this to be too full of tropes, so I guess I have to think of some original disaster which creates the dystopia, and a way for the characters not to rebel but somehow work with the government to improve the current situation.
Do you have some novel ideas in a dark closet? What advice do you have for this procrastinating wannabe author? Which is your favourite genre to write? What’s the easiest? What’s your favourite to read?