My notes on my new novel have reached 12 pages and 6,500 words. I have come up with a focal point to build my story around. The more I think about it, the more convoluted the story becomes. I think it’s time to start writing!
I seem to have also discovered my main writing genre, despite the fact that there are other genres I would like to write in. The book I originally planned to write next was adult fiction with a little bit of magic and fantasy thrown in. It was going to be dark, and in many ways, devious. I still really want to write that book. However, it seems to make more sense in this moment to maintain the momentum I have built with Valley of the Bees and stick with future-fantastic dystopia.
I also can’t ignore the fact that this new novel is demanding to take center stage at the moment!
I’m not sure I would classify this new novel as post-apocalyptic like Valley of the Bees, though. There is no major “world-ending” event in this one. There is, however, a major political upheaval that changes society in a huge way. And, it all stems from “The Great Rift of 2016.” That’s my line. Don’t any of you try to steal it from me!
The problem with writing a novel based on current events that are still unfolding is that things might yet change on the political landscape. I might be revising the history of my story world right up until the novel goes to press. I think I’m up for that challenge. What do you think? Is it a bad idea to write a novel based on current events that are still in the making? Will my book be outdated before it even goes to press?
I guess there’s only one way to find out. #amwriting