Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Nowhere



Hey all,

The title of this week’s post is also the name of the book that I wrote for last year’s 3 Day Novel contest. I’m not 100% sure that I’m going to keep it the same, but at least for now it works. There are a number of things that I often waffle between when choosing the title of a book… I want it to pop but also give off the right emotional resonance to fit with the story. A topic for another blog post perhaps.

Anyways, I’ve decided that after I finish up Dreamstate II (tonight maybe, save for a single scene that needs rewriting) I’m going to get to work on Nowhere. Here’s the thing, I hate when I have nothing to do. A lot of the time I’m antsy on weekends or when I go away for a few days because I can’t really sit down and get a few hours of work done. I can pick at a journal here and there, but it’s not really the same. I know I should be able to cut loose and relax a little bit, but honestly, why fight it? There are worse things that I could want to be doing. This is all connected to the story of Nowhere, I promise. Originally, I had planned to take a couple weeks off and let everyone read through the version of Dreamstate II that I was handing out, but instead I think I might just jump straight into my little novella.

I have plans to make the book longer than it is… a lot longer, in fact. I think right now it’s clocking in at just shy of 30,000 words, but I want to double it, or at the very least get it somewhere in the 60,000 word range. There were a lot of things that I had to cut, rush, and just sort of… push aside when I was writing. I only had three days, and I was a little bit too ambitious with the whole idea. The book could take a lot more time to really investigate the world in the story, and the main character, if I had twice the amount of pages to do it on. I also wrote the story in first person, which I’m not sure how I feel about. I’ll have to give it another read through, but I think that I might swap it over to third person… maybe? I don’t know, this is one of those things that I’ll probably still be muddling through after I’ve doubled the size of the book and am wondering if I need to re-write it all.

Oh, also, I’m going to send the book out to agents again. I figure bouncing back and forth between online sales and trying to find an agent out there in whatever mystical realm they dwell is a thing to do. At the very worst they’ll all shout “No!” and I’ll say “Fine,” and put it online. Hopefully since the story is pretty much written and the ideas are all journal’d up, I can do the whole thing in a few months tops. A new (old) project—much excitement.

-Trevor

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