Remember the “Witch’s Daughter” story I posted the outline for a week or so ago? It seemed like I had the whole story planned out, but after getting four chapters in last weekend I kind of hit the wall. I just haven’t felt really comfortable with it and I think I know the reason why. I think it’s because I haven’t read enough fantasy, so trying to write in that genre doesn’t feel right.
I’m not going to can the idea, but it’s going on hiatus. I figure in a couple of months or maybe next year I’ll get back to it. In the meantime I’m going to read some fantasy–especially some George RR Martin for Mr. Offutt (that’s my birthday present to you!)–and try to better define the world of the story. That way the next time I might feel more comfortable when I start writing.
Moral of the story: bone up on the genre in which you’re writing! Which I already knew, but sometimes I forget things like that. I’m a dumbass that way.
In the meantime, it’s good I reposted the “Bucket List” entry because I thought of a story that fits the mysterious third item on my Bucket List. It’s basically a paranormal revenge story. If I said the high concept is “Robocop” (or “The Crow” or “Darkman” or probably a bunch of others) crossed with “Orlando” by Virginia Woolf (also “Self” by Yann Martel but that book sucks) would I sound crazy? Probably.
I’m not sure if it’s going to be long enough to qualify as a novel. Might be more of a novella. But maybe then I can take down another item on my Bucket List.
That is all.