I’ve mentioned it a few times now – The Book – and figured I would share with you all “The Book Book Plan” and some updates on The Varkens and a little intro to my new project – yes, new project – Brightstar.
But first, The Book Book Plan. After finishing the final edit of The Keeper, and now waiting for the proof-copy to arrive, I could see I had a lot of growing to do. I am pleased with the outcome, and I’m sure to catch a few things in my last read-through before putting it on sale, but I also know I have a lot of improving to do before I send out query letters for another novel. So I want to focus on improving, growing, and learning before my next big novel project, – as we refer to it in our household – “The Book”.
The Book Book Plan is this: to write a couple novels for fun and to grow during the coming months, to outline The Book, and then to write The Book during the 2015 NaNoWriMo. Then, I hope to pursue an agent and publishing house for The Book, rather than self-publishing. I’m sure that will come with a whole new set of learning experiences.
Second, The Varkens has been put on hold for the time being. I have really felt my inspiration die out for this project. Since I wrote only one half to a third of the novel during the 2014 NaNoWriMo and then proceeded to get sidetracked by the holidays, followed by show I was designing through February, I think there was too much space to continue. I am so familiar with the characters and plot that I have become very flat and bored with my few of them. I had hoped that changing my plans with Act 2 would renew my interest in the project, but my boredom has persisted.
I think there are a lot of things within this project that I need to learn, and this project has brought those things to light. Here are a handful of things that I hope to improve upon before The Book that The Varkens brought to light:
- Multiple POVs
- Fight/Battle sequences
- Characters reacting without dialogue
- Breaking up dialogue with action or inner-dialogue
- Foreground romance
- Covering longer amounts of time
I might come back to it some day, but I learned a lot from this project and, in that aspect, I still be accomplished with it, even if it is never finished.
Third, Brightstar is the working title of the new novel I am pursuing, this all of the previously mentioned things in mind, solely as a learning project. One big thing I hope to do with this project is to write QUICKLY. I hope to have all of my outline and details ready by April 1st so that I can write it during Camp NaNoWriMo. The short deadline will help keep up for motivation to write, which I lacked for The Varkens.
This novel will be an Alternate History novel – a subject I find very interesting – set during the American Revolutionary War with some fantasy/sci-fi elements thrown in. I have never been drawn towards writing much Historical fiction; I prefer new worlds where I make the rules and the history. But this has already been a great learning experience when it comes to research and using a preset timeline. Of course, with the main elements of my story, there is freedom for variation, but I am hoping to have more of a butterfly effect, rather than overwhelming sudden changes. Don’t worry, there won’t be any Clockwork George Washington (though that was one of my initial ideas, I won’t lie).
So that’s where I am right now!
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Can’t say I’m not a teeny bit disappointed not to get to read The Varkens, but I’m impressed by your thought process and willingness to grow, change and perfect your writing skills. Looking forward to Brightstar!