It never stops amazing me to see how one word can change an entire idea.
For a long time I’ve known what I wanted my first novel to be about. I have been very attached to this concept; the idea surround everything to do with my characters, their story lines, the overall ending I wanted to achieve. You name it, I believed in it.
And yesterday everything I had once wanted was washed from my mind when I came across this one word.
Not an overall astounding word, but it kind of tugged on me and made me stop my train of thought. I then took to trusty Google and looked for variations and I found a word that made me really sit back and . I said it a couple of times to myself and it rolled off my tongue like it was second nature to say it. And from there I was hit with another word, and then other and next thing you know I’m swimming in them!
I had to stop what I was doing and write my little butt off and suddenly my old story started to disappear, and a new one formed. And this one has a beginning, a middle and an end (it still is the same one I discovered last week). I am shocked that what I once thought would be my inevitable first book, is now nothing but an idea from days gone by. I spent months researching for my old concept, trying to think of how I could incorporate the history/mythology of my idea into my novel. I fell in love with the characters I created, but their storyline never really came to me. The beginning was there, a rough idea of an ending, but how they got there never really came to me. Maybe that’s why it was so hard to write about that…
But now, I have this new concept, and it’s fresh in my mind and wants to be put down into words. I have to run with it because I want to see where this goes. Its very different from what I normally write, so I am a bit hesitant. But I feel as if I could make something out of this one. I just flip flop between it being a YA book, or something a bit more mature. I don’t know. That’s where I think some of my hesitation comes in, because I have been spending so much time considering myself to be a future author of YA literature, that the thought of going outside that genre kind of freaks me out. Grown ups scare me 🙂
I am only having trouble deciding what kind of a world I want this to take place in. The current one, a post-disaster one, or a completely fictitious one. It’s difficult to say, because depending on what I choose my story shifts. I have the basic storyline down on paper, but depending on certain thing, the story weaves a different way. It’s all very exciting but confusing at the same time.
Today is all about “nothing”, tomorrow… Here’s hoping for “something”…
Happy Tuesday everyone!