60 Day Superhero – Day Twenty

The realm of ideas is constantly churning. One minutes, you’ll be thinking of a man in fishnets, and the next minute you’re writing a sonnet about a cat. In the past, I have spent a lot of time actually trying o write all the ideas out to fruition. It’s both exciting to start a new project, and debilitating when you realized four pages in that you don’t know what else you can do. It’s moments like these that you need to decide what exactly your current creative focus is going to be.

The entire idea of building my own superhero universe was that I could do whatever I wished with the characters. I could tell stories of modern gods. I could tell alien space operas. I could write team stories. All of these possibilities are out there for me to grab. And, at one time or another, all of those ideas have been incredibly enticing, but they’re going to pull me away from my first story, the story of the Morris brothers.

I started this story almost fifteen years ago with my friend, Joel. It has gone through a bunch of revisions and hardly seems recognizable in some aspects. Characters have changed. Locations have changed. The world in which the brothers inhabit have changed. It was my first real story that I ever wrote with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Now, it’s the story that I will publish first with the same three components.

I decided last year for my birthday that this story would not wait until I was 32. I needed to write it and get it out into the world this year. Why? Well, I just needed to finish something. I needed to put something out into the world and get started on my path as a writer. Charmaine picked up the position of being my editor, and I really felt like things were coming together. Then, life happens.

Charmaine has gotten busy at work, and I cannot move on to the third novella without at least a preliminary rewrite on the second one. She’s still finishing final edit notes on the first novella. It leads me to be a little stagnant in my writing throughout the month of January. It’s not that I haven’t been writing, I’ve just been writing different stories.

Both stories take place within the brothers relative future. One takes place after the first book, or three novellas, and the second one takes place about a decade later. I’m writing the characters from very different time periods, and it makes it interesting while looking back at how their old adventures will affect them. These are the pieces I’m using to bide my time until I can continue on the novellas.

Focus is important here. I don’t want to stray too far away from the material, but I want to make sure that my revisions aren’t as sweeping moving into the third novella as the first. (I added a child to the first novella which meant a complete and utter rewrite, and then constantly making sure the kid was always accounted for). If you can keep your focus, you can accomplish anything with a little blood, sweat, and tears. And wha’s a good story without those things.

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