So far I am doing a horrible job at keeping up with my new year’s resolutions. First off, my blog schedule. Really, it isn’t working. I am going to try to make it work if I can, but for now, my plan B is that, every Sunday, if I haven’t posted sometime during the week, I will force myself to sit down and type up a post. Or I could post on Saturdays. Yes, that works.
And then there’s my writing resolution. I haven’t done a thing about that, at all. I’m reluctant to pick one of my ideas to turn into a novel, because when I think about them, I think… Is this really what I want to become known for? Do I really want this story to be my debut into the writing world? I’m not too great with ideas. Frankly, my most promising idea is something I didn’t even come up with:
I’m particularly reluctant to write this one because a) it’s on the internet, it’s a novel idea and I’m certainly not going to be the only one trying to do this, and b) how would that even work? I have ideas, but… I just don’t know.
I could go and pull one of my older works-in-progress and expand them, but most of them are horribly lacking in the plot area, and the one that has a good plot and that I was working on planning for the better part of a summer is annoyingly similar to “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. Not in plot, but it has bending-esque stuff, and four groups (“clans”), each with a special ability (i.e. one can time-travel, one can shape-shift, etc.).
And then there’s the message behind it: I like the message, it’s about staying true to who you are and not abandoning yourself to fit into a group, but I didn’t execute it well. The three main characters are searching for the “Spacebenders”, an elite clan of the greatest benders/whatever of all time. Each of them has a part of them that doesn’t fit with the Spacebenders’ philosophies. One is a thief, one is eternally trying to fit in and please everyone, and one loves adventure and wants to travel. They have to decide whether to give up part of themselves to join the clan, or give up on the clan and remain the same. Well, the first one obviously should stop being a thief, and the second one needs to learn that she can choose her own path and stuff. But the third one? If she wants to see the world, well, she can go right ahead. She’ll decide that if seeing the world means not being a Spacebender, so be it, and her friends want to stick with her.
Well, it’s a trick: by choosing to stay together and for the third one to stay true to herself, they’ve proven that they’re worth of being Spacebenders. I love the message there, I really do, but I only applied it to one character. I need it to apply to all of them for it to work.
And then there’s the other clans’ names: the Timetravellers, which is cool, the Shapeshifters, that’s fine, and the Lightguiders… wait, wha?
Anyway. That one needs a lot of work if I want to write it. Work that I can certainly do, of course, but I’m still unsure.
I wrote a skit for drama class about a girl who wants to be a poet, but she keeps questioning herself about the decisions she’s making about her poems. Maybe I should keep the moral of that story in mind and stop questioning myself and just write.