First, I’m sorry to say, I’ll have even less time to go on DeviantArt. There’s a good reason behind it, though! (Apart from being bogged down with tests).
Today, an award-winning author named Sharon Cameron came to the school. She told us how to plan a novel. We had to answer questions about the settings, main character, etc. She chose a few people to share their stories with the crowd in the gym (half of the school was gathered there, and let me tell you, it was very uncomfortable). As luck would have it, I was selected as one.
I thank my lucky stars for that.
I told my story idea, and she was quite surprised. She said no one had ever thought of having death as a main character before (I like to think that that means she thought it was original).
After that, a lot of people complimented me on my story, and I was pleased. It wasn’t anything I hadn’t encountered before (thanks to you wonderful people on DA!). When I was getting my lunch, I encountered Sharon Cameron again, just as she was leaving.
To my surprise and delight, she called out to me and said she really liked my story, and I should get to writing it. I became flustered, and told her that I would, and also buy and read her books (they’re called The Knowing and The Forgetting, if you’re interested).
I’m thinking of making it an actual novel. Scratch that, I’m determined to make it an actual novel. I have a plan, unlike with WildHeart, so I’m sure it won’t flop! Plus, when an award-winning author says you should write a book, you better write it.
I should probably tell you what the story’s about. We made an outline, a skeleton of what the actual story could be. We answered important questions about the story, and that helped shape it. I recommend this method, it’s very effective.
This is is the third (?) draft of the outline of my story.
Where? When? (meaning the setting)
Death is a place outside time. It is not dark, there is simply nothingness. It is not cold, it is simply numb. Some find it gratifying, others disappointing. Death doesn’t care.
Who? (the main character)
Death was always alone. It envied life, so it stole life’s creations to live with it in its’ world. Death welcomes all in, all are equal in the nothingness.
What? (does the main character want?)
Goal: death wants what life has. It wants to be cherished, for its’ inhabitants to appreciate it, and the absolute equality there is in death.
Why? (can’t they get it?)
Conflict: the more lives death takes, the more life is cherished.
What if? (they tried to get it?)
I won’t tell you the plot, since I don’t want to spoil it for people.
My writing method is usually me typing furiously in a fit of inspiration, but I think planning ahead is the only thing that’s going to work when working on a long-term writing project.
I have a feeling that when she said get to writing it, she didn’t think I was actually going to write a novel. But you know what? I’m damn stubborn, and I have decided I am going to do this, whether I like it or not.