Author Candee Fick stops by today to give us her perspective on what it takes to “Finish Strong” when it comes to our writing projects. Welcome, Candee!
Some authors have one epic idea for a book that consumes them
for years. Others—like me—have far more ideas than available hours to write.
There’s a quote circulating about avid readers dying next to a pile of books
they’d wanted to read. I fear I might be the writer whose heirs uncover an
overflowing folder of unwritten story ideas.
On one hand, having a multitude of stories waiting on the
backburner of my brain allows them the opportunity to simmer for awhile until
each nugget of an idea grows strong enough to carry a complete book. On the
other hand, it’s too easy to get distracted by all those interesting characters
and situations instead of focusing on the current work-in-progress and seeing
it through to completion before starting something new.
When I’m tempted to wander down that rabbit trail and start
work on a different idea, I’ve learned to allow myself a few moments to write
down that fabulous dialogue snippet or plot twist or setting detail. Then I
drop it into my file of future ideas…and forget about it. When the time comes
to start a new story, all those assorted pieces will be there waiting.
So how do I choose my next writing project? It’s a
combination of inspiration and business tactics. What genres, time periods,
lengths, and series/standalone tropes are selling best? Does the idea fit into
my overall brand as an author and would my readers enjoy the story? But most of
all, am I still excited about the idea? If not, back into the pot it goes to
keep cooking while I fish out another idea instead.
In some ways, I think of my idea bank like a recipe for
chicken and dumpling stew with many terrific ingredients simmering for
awhile…and then the goodies rise to the top. In fact, that’s what happened with
my newest series featuring castles. I had four historical ideas simmering that
just would not leave me alone until the day I came up with a plan to weave them
alongside a contemporary plot to create a series.
Of course, I’m still putting in the work to actually write all of the books, but having an exciting feasible idea in the first place makes it that much easier to finish strong.
How do you store all those flashy new ideas until you’re ready to use them?
Stepping Into the Light (Within the Castle Gates Book 1)
Sometimes the most heroic live in plain sight.
Tragedy stalks Gunn Castle, most recently when the heir to
the Gunn chiefdom died, leaving the land vulnerable to attack. But security has
come in the promise of a marriage alliance with the Clan Sinclair, the Gunns’
powerful northern neighbors.
The search is on to gather the eligible maidens…except
mysterious accidents befall all who join the laird’s widow at the castle.
Meanwhile, messengers have been spotted along the southern border, and Clan
Sinclair may be walking into a trap.
With war looming and a madwoman in their midst, the only
hope for a peaceful future may lie in the hands of a disfigured Gunn recluse
and the overlooked second son of Clan Sinclair.
If you like clean medieval romance, the Scottish Highlands, and cheering for the underdog, then you’ll love the first installment of this new series from Candee Fick.
Candee Fick is a multipublished, award-winning author. She is also the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy writing, editing, or coaching other authors, she can be found cheering on the home team at sporting events, exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.
Sandra Ardoin engages readers with stories of love and faith. She’s the author of heartwarming and award-winning historical romance. Visit her at www.sandraardoin.com. Subscribe to receive her updates and specials: http://eepurl.com/Xjqwr. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and BookBub.