One of my goals for 2014 is to write a novel, so this week I started to look at how I might achieve this. The project is a mammoth task, given that I haven’t even mastered the art of pulling together a successful short story as yet, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, as the saying goes, and I like a challenge.
I’d had an idea rattling around in my head for several years that I considered worth developing, and thought it to be a topic others may find interesting. So I set to work assessing the various elements required to find my story.
My intention is to write a fictionalised interpretation of established historical characters and events. This is a good starting point, but a regurgitation of facts does not a story make. I would have to dig deep to develop ‘its personality’ before any transformation could take place into a book the reader might feel compelled to read, rather than put down after the first paragraph.
To begin with I’ve started some background reading, surfed the Internet, highlighted the various establishments where I can reference useful material and identified characters central to the plot, as well as major themes, and as I collate all of this information, a narrative is beginning to unfold. Of course, this could change on a daily basis as I uncover new information. There is a long way to go. I want to be sure I have found the right tone and a distinctive voice before I start the story proper. The good news is that I’ve made a start, although I’m only too aware this is the easy part. The hardest is maintaining the momentum. Wish me luck!
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