This is not the entry I expected to write.
More important stuff first: I finished writing the book this past Sunday. And I don't like it at all. It was fun at first, and a real thrill to be writing again - I hadn't written a new book since I finished TAW last year. And there's always that rush of starting, of the infinite possibilities before you, when the book can be anything. Unfortunately, that didn't last. I grew disenchanted as I kept going - the characters felt flat, the settings felt lifeless, and I realized some major plot holes revolving around the ending that I somehow didn't discover with the dozen and more times I went over that plot.
This was a book that came from my head, not my heart. It was something I pushed ahead with writing because I was so bloody-minded in my determination to make an interplanar adventure work. And I should know better. I've written books before with concepts that I had failed to make work before but I was so sure, this time, I could get it right. It didn't work.
So I wrapped up the story with some decent explanations, and set it aside. I might go back to it later, I might not. But the day after I finished that book, something awesome happened.
I read this article, over at Fantasy Faction, about creating layered antagonists. From this article, I got the sudden idea of an antagonist for a story idea I've been working with for a while. I had nothing but setting ideas and character bits, not a real story. But once I knew who the antagonist was, the story started forming. On Tuesday, during one of my breaks at work, I pretty much pulled the entire book out of my head. I now have a rough plot, with plenty to flesh out and figure out. I love the new characters, the empire that both is and provides the much-needed antagonist has some great concepts for me to work with, and more than anything, it's something I haven't done before.
If nothing else, it's good to know that I haven't lost it. I just need to be sure that I'm really working with it, not just what I want it to be. Whatever 'it' is. You know what I mean. :P
So, yes. It's another learning experience, and another new plot. Par for the course, really. But at least now I know better what to watch for, and how much I have to listen to my heart about this, not just my head.
In other news, my computer completely died this morning. I'm typing this on a tiny and very slow netbook that's connected to my new mouse and keyboard. My computer-related stuff will be limited until I build a new machine. Fortunately, I have a friend who's one unbelievable guru for all things computer-related, and he'll be sending me a list of parts to build a new machine soon.
It's been a week of endings and beginnings, death and soon-to-be birth. Let the creative cycle continue. ^_^
Next entry: Liz Blocker flagged me to discuss my writing process. I'll be talking about music, sugar, and alcohol. :P