Been trying to write a new blog post for… Well probably a couple weeks now, and topics have kept sliding off into the void of “meh.” I tend to dislike revealing details to things I have not published yet, because of the possibility of IP theft, but…
I have done NaNoWriMo four times now. Not all consecutive years, but all in the last six years. Two of those were badly considered ideas that hit me in the moment and I tried to just “run with it” and write them. Those failed spectacularly, lol. But in the last two years, the same story tried to get itself written, but still fell to the same flawed approach of the first two attempts. Haste.
After 2016’s imploded at around the same 21k-25k all the others died at, I decided to step back and take stock over what I was doing.
As an aspie and someone with more than a little dissociative issues (though not to a clinical degree) from my complex PTSD, writing is a different creature for me than most. Throw in the triggers I have that writing can stumble over at the most inconvenient of moments, and… But mostly all this means most typically given writing advice is meaningless to my needs.
Furthermore, what I’ve come to find was a boon in short fiction writing (all of what I’ve successfully finished thus far as a writer), falls short in novel writing as a “useful” tool. I can typically only write things I can clearly see in my mind’s eye and can feel emotionally. Or more to the point, this inclines me to write singular story or character arcs. Not all that useful for novel writing with all of its overlapping story and character arcs over a word count many times that of the 7k-14k range I’m experienced with as a writer.
Well while stepping back and evaluating what I was trying to write, what I wanted to write, what wanted written, and what would be needed to get to those moments/points, I’ve slowly come to realize my creative side is quite ambitious.
What I’ve slowly come to realize since last November is the fact I have two novel series WIP overlapping each other, with a third one that is spawned from their union. Or more specifically…
My authorial MC, not the main character the audience will be typically reading about, is an ancient entity grade being that can be in more than one place at the same time. And while I had only in the past written short stories with her/it in them in this or that capacity, all randomly, not any central theme nor story to them… Things were stirring deeper within my creative side, lol.
As of right now, I’m staring at two WIP that overlap because they both involve this one entity, the gods she/it interacts with, a larger story most mortals are oblivious to, and the mortals (my MC’s/POV’s) that get swept up in “all this.” But, the two WIP are on two different worlds, and the two worlds are in different technological time periods. Hell, originally, one story was urban fantasy on contemporary Earth, and the other a high fantasy homage to my old D&D days.
Now they are irrevocably linked.
Like for instance, though the fantasy one starts around 2000/2001 earth time, its climax is held up by the fact one of the heroes that is needed for success, is a newborn on earth as of 2000, and will not be old enough to contribute in a meaningful way until after 2013 when her powers begin to manifest.
And that little girl is the third storyline, since for the urban fantasy on contemporary earth WIP, she is the reason all that is happening was set in motion and the reason for the climax’s existence. And yet she is not directly involved in that WIP (which climaxes in 2013). Although after its completion her story’s timeline begins.
And yet that little girl is critical now for the climax resolution for the high fantasy WIP and that fruition must come between 2013 and 2016 earth time due to things that happen in her story time line as she ages/grows up.
Now yes, that does allow me to have my fantasy WIP’s heroine grow up and NOT be some kid who somehow wins the day while being still too young to have the life experience to deal with really horrid things, lets my dragon MC have time to go into and come back out of dragon sleep (which in my worlds takes YEARS) to heal from near fatal wounds, and a war to be more than a six month “campaign.”
But this “little story” I started to want to tell back three years ago, has now mushroomed into… Something I am both quite eager to see take shape on the page, and yet terrified “what have I gotten myself into?”
This is what I get for stepping back, and doing proper world and story development. A fraking epic was spawned *sighs*