I’m a day late. Oops.
10 Things About My Novel, Or Work In Progress
- I’ve drawn a couple of maps for the setting.
- Everything is oriented to North. It may be some psychologically revealing point. Or maybe it just reveals that I’m directionally challenged and like to keep things simple.
- It is a fantasy novel, geared towards middle grade readers, possibly older. I’m still figuring that out.
- There are three domains or countries in the map, but the story actually takes place in one.
- The other two countries do factor into the story though, significantly.
- I’ve thought of writing sequels to this novel which explore more of the other two countries, and hopefully beyond.
- It took me a while to actually put magic into the story. Kind of hard to avoid tropes though, especially in fantasy.
- A lot of the story is hopelessly British. Mannerisms, customs-mostly mannerism. Anglophile that I am, it does make me wonder about the potential narrowing that does to a narrative, to have the author informed by such writings from such a specific place.
- On that note, all my early drafts included scenes in which one character acted just like Lord Grantham at the breakfast table from Downton Abby. Ha! I’ve fixed those parts 🙂
- It is a wish of my writer’s heart to give some descriptions of the landscape that echo Montgomery’s evocative writings. I realize that kind of description doesn’t seem too popular in todays’ fiction, especially for younger readers, but. I want to include it anyway. So I’m going to try.