So, I think I've made a bit of a breakthrough in the ongoing saga of Artist Story.
So, I wondered – what would happen if I picked everyone up and dropped the lot in an entirely different setting? Would it work? Make my story better? Do they have any whimsical customs to discover or delicious local baked goods for me to savour in this new place as I set up shop there and get back to telling the story?
And then something happened. The more I thought about it, the more I started to get that gut-feeling again, the same one I had when I first came up with the idea. That giddy-tingly-excited feeling. Maybe I shouldn't fear the unknown. Maybe a change of scenery is just what my story needs.
Of course, that means potentially rewriting the entire thing, though I think I can simply rework some of it. So – I think I'm going to go with it. Worst-case scenario, I go back to the old draft and figure out how to fix it. But it just might be the answer I've been looking for.
It's amazing, this roller-coaster ride, of being a writer. That high you get when you first come up with that Brilliant Idea. The lows (because there is always more than one low-point, am I right?) in the middle when you hit the Wall of Self-Doubt. The cool thing is there's always another loop-de-loop to thrill you.
I've just got to remember that, in those late-night hours, when I'm flying by the seat of my pants and trying out something new to just hold on for dear life and enjoy the ride.
So, Artist Story. I'm enamoured with you again. <3 I've even been brainstorming titles so you will no longer have to go nameless. If that's not love, I don't know what is!
EDIT: Feb. 19, 2009 – Artist Story is now dubbed The Lockwood Collection