Monday, March 21, 2011
I thought with HOW TO DATE AN ALIEN being on submission that I should probably start working on another project. Yes, I would love for my alien novel to be a trilogy, but you really shouldn't start on the other parts of a trilogy unless book one sells, so now I need a shiny new idea. The problem?
I CAN'T THINK OF A SHINY NEW IDEA.
The first full manuscript I completed came to me in a dream, well the initial idea that threw it into my head and wouldn't let go. My second full manuscript came with an idea from a friend. How to Date an Alien...that one just sort of came to me when I realized the lack of science fiction and aliens at the time I began writing (note: this was Spring of 2010 that I had the original idea.)
So how do I come up with something new? I had this great idea, it was brilliant! My critique partners loved it, I loved it, and then my husband pointed out that it was a book that had already been written..grrrr. I've thought about taking my women's fiction manuscript (see: writing) and making it YA with some fantasy elements, but that one is coming a little bit slower than I had imagined. So now I need to find me some inspiration...
How do you come up with ideas for your new WIP? Have you ever taken a manuscript and changed genres and age groups? Are you tired of hearing me talk?