This week has been a week of change. After pitching my idea to my wife, she very cleverly pointed out some pending problems that may come up throughout the story. As I realized she was right, I began altering the story-line by creating different offshoots of the existing rough outline. After many changes, I began recreating the story from scratch instead of trying to make things work.
By the time Friday came around I had created five different stories. All of them had similar themes but were nothing alike. After re-pitching the idea I settled upon, my wife managed to point out a few more issues that were haunting me. She then managed to suggest a few quick additions that got my brain flowing in the right direction. This is the beauty of bouncing ideas off another person. A concept might sound good when I pitch it to myself, but within a day I start to hate the idea and want to abandon it completely. Having someone else chip in a few suggestions helps to get you out of a creative rut.
So without revealing too much about the new pitch, I can say that essentially I am writing a Young Adult / New Adult Cyberpunk novel. Right now it is leaning toward Young Adult with characters on the upper end of age (18-21).
So now that I am back on track, I am aiming to have a rough outline completed by the end of the next week, and to know all of the characters inside-out. Hopefully, I will be able to put up a new pitch for all to see, therefore, re-committing myself to the plan.
Next week I will also be discussing one of my favorite things to do when writing: listening to sci-fi soundtracks.
In the meantime, please enjoy the some inspirational artwork below representing some high-tech, low-life Cyberpunk settings.