Check out this fabulous Audi 2016 concept car. I happened across a Wall Street Journal video on their app on Apple TV covering the 2016 Japanese car show and they showcased quite a few concept cars.
I started thinking about the idea of concept cars and how car makers use them as a “test bed” to test out various ideas and technologies. I wondered why I, as a writer, couldn’t try something similar. I have multiple ideas for projects in various different genres–short stories, novels, graphic novels, and screenplays. However, the only thing that I’ve put together consistently are short-stories.
I have notebooks full of ideas (what writer doesn’t, after all?), but they are all still just ideas. I’m not really happy with not writing even though I know that the GRE and applying for Graduate programs are important, but I feel like I just figured out how to tell a great story with “Here Be Monsters,” and I don’t want to lose what I’ve learned.
I’m going to see if I can’t take half an hour (about all the time I can really spare these days 😦 )and try to generate as many “Concepts” as I can each day–probably only 1 per day if I’m realistic. This way I’m still writing and creating, even if I’m not formally working on a draft, and if one of them really strikes me, I can work on a rough draft while prepping for the GRE and Grad school admissions.
Now this idea isn’t really novel or unique. I feel that I must give a shoutout to the late Anne McCaffrey as this idea is really just an extension of her “Tunings” that she Melony explain in her Harper Hall Trilogy. What? Haven’t read this trilogy by Anne McCaffrey? Run, don’t walk, to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or the library and find this trilogy. I put it far above the depressing stuff that passes for fantasy these days (yes, Song of Fire & Ice, I’m looking disapprovingly at you when I say this). Anyway, my “Concepts” are a lot like Melony’s “Tunings,” just little practice pieces that will allow me to get a handle on themes, characters, settings, plots, and emotions that I want to display in the piece. Possible epigraphs, snatches of dialogue, potential scenes, and hinted resolutions should find their way into these “Concepts,” so that when it is time to start writing again, I (hopefully) won’t have to relearn all the lessons that I learned from HBM all over again. 🙂