So I've been struggling with plot for my spy story. (It's fourth in the queue, but I kinda think about my stories in my head, before I focus on writing them.)
A letter came from my editor today, asking about a certain story with a certain plot, with this and that element. My mind starts racing and twisting, trying to turn all the ideas upside down so that it's fresh and original.
Even when she doesn't send a request, I'm always working within pretty clear guidelines. Ten chapters, 3800 - 4200 words each. My mind just starts racing, trying to find the most creative way to work within the guidelines.
But take my dream: to be NY-published. I stare at a blank page. Everything I write isn't good enough. There are no rules.
I had a thought, though. Maybe I should try making up rules, and then force myself to work through them?
I've always said--and heard said--that the stricter the form, the greater the creativity. Anyone have any thoughts? Advice?