It’s been a couple months since my last story post, and for this I am quite sorry. I failed my New Years Resolution, but only a little. I’ve been writing, a lot, recently. Seeking a new sort of challenge, I have turned my attention away from the Short Story format I find so convenient and comforting towards a Novel.
I’m drawn to Short Stories because of their immediacy. You get the whole story right away. You arent bogged down by tons of details, character development is rarely the central theme, and the stories are very much plot driven. Novels, on the other hand, require a lot of patience, as I’m finding. You are, in essence, creating an entirely new world. This is something that I find quite challenging, and since I’ve never taken on a story over 5,000 words before, I thought now was as good a time as any to try it out.
So, that’s my excuse. I have the first 30 pages, or 9000 words, of the story actually written down. Yet, I have another 11,000 words worth of outline written down. Outlining is something I haven’t done before in writing a story. Typically I sit down, and write by the seat of my pants. I enjoy letting the story develop in front of me, and lead me where it may. The story I am writing does not lend itself to that sort of writing however. There is a very complicated time line, which has literally been keeping me up at nights, and very complicated character interactions that requires a fair amount of foresight. The outlining has been useful though. It has allowed me to meet the characters, so to speak, and see exactly where the story is headed. I have the scenes set out for roughly 35-40 chapters, though in the course of writing, I am finding that number will likely grow closer to 50 chapters.
The working title for the book is “The Birth of God”, and the one sentence summary for those interested is:
“With the power of the Gods, one man holds the fate of the Universe.”
My plan is to post the first 5 chapters here to my blog to whet your appetites, but I would like to wait to do so until I am closer to completed the book. I think that would be kinder to any persons who actually become interested in the story and where it leads, rather than giving them a little and then making them wait excessively long. Once the story is actually completed, it will be offered for a limited time as a free e-book.
I’m really excited about this new project, and hope to have the book completed and ready for your eyes enjoyment by August of this year. Hopefully this will make up for the lack of short stories I promised!