I was percolating ideas for my two novels around in my head while driving this weekend and happily, I had some great ideas. I created some new characters/beings for my world that I’d previously had no freaking idea even existed, but now that I’ve come up with them, I can’t imagine the world without them. So, while I was puzzling my way through these new ideas, I happened to be king hit with a rather dark and sinister idea for a crime/thriller murder mystery story. I haven’t read a lot of crime/thriller in my reading history, but I’ve read a few of varying degree of gruesome. To date I’ve not read anything like this. I don’t even want to know why I thought this up, it’s rather dark and evil.
When do you chase this idea down? Do I write it up somewhere and leave it for later or do I grasp it now with both hands and trudge, no matter how begrudgingly, into the deep sinister depths of this murder mystery idea?
At the minute, it’s only barely an idea. I don’t have characters defined or plot, or any of the mechanics really, but the idea was so frighteningly vivid I can barely get it out of my head. The idea, in all its gruesome clarity, is still only part of the process of writing. Especially in this realm, I’d need to do an absolute bucket load of research. I, for one, don’t know the first thing about murdering people and how to get away with it.
I also don’t know anything about the mechanics of what I want this character to do.
Can I stomach it?
Would readers be able to stomach it?
I am pretty sure there’s a rather large market out there for a good thriller with a bit of gruesome murder in there, and while I don’t mind reading them, how does one go about writing one?
Are any of my readers out there crime/thriller/murder mystery writers? Can you offer suggestions?
I am a bit of a serial starter. I have troubles finishing any writing project I start… I’m sure you guys have probably picked that up by now.
So, my question to you all is this:
When do you grasp onto that new idea and follow it down and when do you place it on a shelf for later?
If you shelf your ideas, do you ever go back to them? If you do, do you struggle with momentum?
If you drop your current projects and pursue the new one, do you ever go back to the original ones? Or are you like me and start a lot of things but never seem to finish?