Writing the Novel, Getting Past the Fear & Asking for Your Input

Last night I was talking to my husband about how our fears sometimes hold us up even though, logically, we know there’s no basis for them.  And I think that is one of the reasons that I have held off on writing a novel.  Short stories are easier because there is not so much of a commitment involved.  You put time into them, yes, but nothing like a novel, which can take weeks, months, or even years to complete.  And then even if you do manage to complete it, you still have to get it out there and what if it doesn’t make any money?  It’s terrifying when you really think about it.

But I want to do this!

English: Travelling north. Travelling on A 6177

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, I’ve been thinking that I need to make a decision.  I need to first decide WHAT I am going write.  Most writers tell wanna-be writers to either write what they know or write what they like to read (and do the research of course).  So, the two things I like reading most are young adult novels and fantasy/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic type of stuff.  I have ideas for both genres.  But, I think because I wouldn’t have to create these worlds of the fantasy/sci-fi genre, I am going to start with a young adult book.

I’ve had the idea for a young adult novel for a few months – since Nanowrimo and I chickened out on writing it. It has to do with cross country travel and it involved a 16 or 17 year old girl and her little brother.  And this is where you come in.

I need some ideas of things that might happen while on the road.  Things I’ve already thought of include:

  • broken vehicle
  • stranger that helps them
  • stranger that rips them off
  • losing one of the little boys toys on the road and having to go back to get it
  • bad weather

What other travel/on the road type of predicaments could you imagine happening. Remember that this is a young girl in her late  teens and her little brother who is about 4 or 5.