In my case, the statement, "I'll never write a historical because I hate research."
Because guess what? In my wide waiting space to get going on edits for Sing To The Wind I needed something to keep me from going insane. I tried pre-writing blog posts. I beta'd some manuscripts. I read all the time anyway, so reading was no big switch.
Eventually I caved. And started a new project. And yes, it's a historical. Not only a historical but a Middle Grade.
For about a year, this girl Maddie and her mule, Pricilla, have been bouncing around in my head. I knew their story had something to do with the building of the Carolina, Clinchfield, & Ohio railroad line. I knew it was a story about a girl on the verge of adolescence, living with only a father. I also knew it was a story about isolation and loneliness. And the quiet beauty of Appalachia.
Well, the final chinks of the puzzle sort of fell into place. They've been there all along but like actual puzzle pieces, sometimes you don't see they fit till you've moved them around the card table a time or two.
And here's what I'm discovering. I am obsessively researching: the area where the setting is, the small towns nearby, the dates, general history, everything to give this fictional story a real life backbone. I even took a drive yesterday to see what remained of one small town and I have a hike scheduled in about a week to hike into the community that used to be, but has now returned to the earth. And I can't wait to get over to our local history museum during open hours.
The best part is the excitement of starting something new!
(Note: I do have another Young Adult idea but with Sing and Popsicle waiting for stuff to happen, I just didn't feel like I could dive into another teenage girl's brain. Maddie is different enough I can use her as a distraction)
What's new with you?