As a writer, I had a fear (one among many). It may have been an irrational fear but a fear non-the-less. I was afraid that I was stuck in a rut. I had been working on Sky Stone and its sequel, Guardian Core, for so long I was afraid I was incapable of write anything different. I felt trapped, writing about Skyla and her companions in the medieval land of Branzia. Sure enough, I have plenty of plans for further books in this particular setting. However, a couple of days ago, my fears were dissipated.
One drizzly morning I awoke in wonder. In one night I had dreamt almost the entire plot for a new novel. This novel didn't star Skyla or any of her co-stars. It wasn't set in Branzia or even in another medieval landscape. It appeared to be an urban fantasy set in the future, a time in which I had never planned on writing. Afraid of forgetting this dream, I went to work on an outline instantly and in a couple of days had an almost complete outline coving two pages (much longer than my regular, very basic, outlines). I know what the main issue will be and how my protagonist will struggle to solve it. I have a basic description of the setting and female protagonist whom I plan on naming Raylin. I know my antagonist and his motives. The makings of a novel, different from my others, is just waiting to be written.
I am surprised and awed. The human imagination is a magical thing. Sometimes, it will present you with exactly what you require. As soon as the first draft of the Guardian Core manuscript is complete I will begin work on this new manuscript. I'm so excited to start on this endeavour that I almost want to push everything else to the side. So, when you feel you're at a loss for new ideas, sometimes you just need to wait. Surround yourself with books, movies and music. Give your brain all of the material it needs but don't force it to produce straight away. Let your mind create a masterpiece in its own time and be dazzled by the result when it shows itself.
Scarlett Van Dijk
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A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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