New Story Idea!!!

All right, if you haven’t figured it out about me by now, you’ve probably realized it by this title, so I may as well admit it. One of my biggest obstacles as a writer is sitting down and writing it, not because I can’t do it, but because I’m CONSTANTLY coming up with new concepts.

To combat this, I’m keeping a little list of my concepts and trying to tackle the more or less one at a time with bits and pieces here and there.

The other day, it hit me. Well, sort of. A few things hit me. Firstly, I’ve been toying with the idea of some sort of superhero or supernatural thing for a while (like magical creatures, magic in general, or even comic-book-esque superheros and villains). The problem is, either I think of something that’s just TOO BIG to sustain itself with all of the other projects I’m doing (like, I want to include EVERY type of magical being I’ve ever heard of), or I think of my superheros in serial, like comic books, but I’m seeing them WAY down the road, so when I sit down to write out the back story I realize just how big of a project it really is and I don’t want to do it anymore.

Let’s just face it: I’m never going to be a comic book writer, as awesome as that would be. I’m just not cut out for it. I’m also never going to be Tolkien or Robert Jordan or someone who creates a beautiful Otherworld with a BAJILLION creatures they’ve either invented or recreated or tweaked for their own reality. I just can’t pull that off. Most people can’t. That’s part of what makes those who can so incredible.

But there are two three things that have ultimately influenced my decision for my latest project. I will explain.

1. Robert Jordan – Okay, so I’m not him and will never be him, as badly as I want to be him. His worlds I will never be able to emulate, but that doesn’t mean I can’t look at his characterization and exploration of gender roles and interaction and use that and sort of expand on and toy with those lovely elements. So I’m planning on that.

2. Fan Fiction – Yes, I know, it sounds crazy, but literally, this idea hit me as I was rereading some of my favorite horror-romance Harry Potter  fan fiction. I think the world of fan fiction just creates this lovely atmosphere where authors can interact with each other’s work, as well as the original and discuss their interpretations. I mean, you can have whole dialogues with other authors JUST through the work you do. Authors used to do that a lot. Now there’s super-intense copyright laws and whatnot, so that beautiful form of creative discussion is pretty much limited to the fan fiction world and unpublished email interaction, so far as I can tell. It’s sort of a shame. Anyway, there were characters that spoke to me, and if I look at them through the other lenses described here and make the archetypes my own, I think I can pull this off and pay slight homage to some incredible fan fiction authors.

3. Laurell K. Hamilton – Several years ago, my friends introduced me to this series about a half-faerie called Merry Gentry. And I loved it. Until the very last book, where I read it and said to myself, “Wait, what was that crap?” Literally, ALL the other books were the most deliciously wonderful horror/erotica/fantasy that a human being could ask for, and I won’t give it away because I feel like everybody should judge for themselves and read it, because it’s an otherwise excellent series and very well-written and researched. BUT, the ending felt like a cop-out, like a…. ‘Let’s make all our characters get exactly what they want and totally disappoint EVERYONE who thought the political drama made the story, because it did’. JUST saying. Basically, I want my story to be what the Merry Gentry stories out to have been in that respect.

Basically, I’m calling it my Romance/Horror/Supernatural story. The superpowers will be somewhat magical, but someone inborn, like telekinesis, waterbreathing, reality warping, and x-ray vision. I haven’t decided yet if I’m actually going to call them that, or if I’m going to come up with my own terminology, but we’ll see!!!

So far, I’ve got seven major characters. It’s going to cover about a three-generation timeline, but that might even be just a book, maybe a book and a sequel, depending on how much page space this ends up taking me. As is typical of my work, lots of death and tragedy, but also some uplifting moments. I’m not sure I can point at any one character and say, “He’s the bad guy”, but maybe my readers will be able to. We’ll see!!! 😀

What projects are you guys up to? Share your enthusiasm!




About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

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