So, a quick tidbit. I have two bachelor’s degrees in English–one concentration in literary studies, the other in creative writing. When declaring my creativing writing major, we had to also declare which genre of writing we wanted to specialize in. I chose creative nonfiction. Not because it was what I was best at, mind you, but because it was the most fun to write for me. I guess I would say I’m the best at poetry, because I’ve had four poems of mine published in my lifetime. But poetry is extremely hard for me to write. Fiction is the most difficult for me to write because it’s really hard to keep all these fictional details straight. I have to be really invested in the characters, settings, and plots that I’ve developed for me to successfully write a fiction story. For this reason, I find myself gravitating towards this genre in order to challenge myself. Thus, three of these writing projects happen to be fiction novels. More specifically, NaNoWriMo novels. For those of you not in the know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, which is in November. The basic gist of it is you have 30 days to write a 50,000-word novel. It’s great fun and I highly recommend it for all you writers out there. More information can be found at the NaNoWriMo website.
Meanwhile, here are the things I want to finish…eventually. 🙂 Links to all will eventually be provided, and they’ll only show what I have written (and roughly edited) so far. Continuations will be posted on the Written Word Wednesdays that I choose to work on these projects.
**Are there any of these that sound especially appealing to you? If so, let me know in the comments section below. You very well could persuade me to do excerpts of those projects before other ones. 🙂
In 2009 or 2010, can’t remember which, I bought the most beautiful journal I’ve ever laid my eyes on. It was $65 on sale (originally $80) and it has a gorgeous mahogany-colored Italian leather cover and ballpoint pens glide like a dream on its silky pages. I fell in love and vowed that I would only write the most important parts of my life in it. I didn’t want it to be just a mere journal, but an heirloom for future generations to enjoy. So I told myself I would fill it with my memoirs and/or autobiography. Being that I love writing creative nonfiction, I thought it would be a fun project to take on. Sadly, the journal is still blank. I hope to change that soon.
2) “Evolution” (working title) NaNoWriMo novel 2009
An admittedly super-cheesy young adult coming-of-age novel. To be honest, I just wanted to get this novel out of my system. It was quite therapeutic. It was one of those novels that start off quite close to real-life because you want to look at it from an arm’s length away and see if you can solve and resolved problem yourself. Then it turned into something completely fictional. Summary: 16-year-old Matteo moves from the east coast to the west coast in order to live with his father and get a grip on his life. He thinks he’s become too carefree living with his slightly flighty/”dream big” mother and so needs some more structure to get into law school (med school? honestly I can’t remember, but it was some sort of school with high prestige). Along the way, he realizes that he misses his best girl friend, but keeps shaking it off. On the flight to the west coast he befriends Shelby, a quirky older girl who is going to school to become a psychologist. She points out that Matteo has got it bad for Juliette (the girl back home), but Matteo keeps denying it. Things get interesting when Juliette decides to visit for winter break.
*This story is actually pretty much done, but I need to go through and edit it, so I’ll be posting excerpts of it with edits.
3) “Only in My Dreams ” (working title) NaNoWriMo novel 2010
I’m not quite sure what genre to put this in it yet, but I think it most closely relates to fictional action right now. Summary: Every time Kaylynn falls in love with someone, they die. The very night of their death, she dreams of that person and has the very best day possible with them. The phenomenon is unexplained to her by every doctor she has ever seen. She goes to a psychologist to help her deal with the trauma she experiences. Once she finally starts to trust the psychologist, she tells her about her condition. The psychologist thinks Kaylynn is crazy, and Kaylynn senses that right away and stops seeing her. In a moment of desperation, Kaylynn seeks out someone she knows she will never be attracted to in order to not have to be responsible for anyone else’s demise. She ends up having a drunken one-night-stand with him and she thinks that’s the last she’ll see of him…until he starts showing up at her work every day wanting to know more about her.
*I have an idea of how I want this story to pan out, but sometimes characters start to take on minds of their own. So we’ll see what happens.
4) “Quest for Perfection” (working title) NaNoWriMo novel 2011
This novel is a dip into dystopian fiction for me, which I think is a really odd realm for me to go into, as it’s a fine line between that and science fiction. Now, I have nothing against science fiction, but have always thought I’d be absolutely horrible at writing it. My goal for this novel is to not cross that science fiction line, because I have a specific purpose in writing it. Summary: In a world where the dominant sex is females, males are only used for mating purposes and harvesting perfect genes. The story opens with a glimpse at Garrett’s life, the current man who has the perfect genes in his region. As we take a closer look at Garrett, we realize he’s actually not as perfect as he seems. He’s taken away to a luxury retirement home as the region awaits its new perfect man to be born. A group of four friends–Marlee, Annalisa, and Claire–are chosen as a committee (which they volunteered for) to go away to another region, have relations with their perfect man, and come back to be treated like queens through their pregnancies. Meanwhile, the fourth member of the group of best friends, Beth, stays behind because she doesn’t want to have to bother with the toll on one’s body that pregnancy takes. Secretly, she steals away to the retirement home where Garrett is to interview him on how it feels to be ousted from the “perfect” position. The plot moves along as Marlee, Annalisa, and Claire find out which of their babies end up being the new perfect specimen.
*This is the novel my husband has really gotten excited about, and the one he keeps encouraging me to finish. Again, I have a rough idea of how I want this to pan out, but we shall see…
5) “Out of Place” (working title…are you even surprised at this point?) NaNoWriMo novel 2012
I think my story is going to be about a girl (who I tentatively want to name Roberta Grace, “Bobbie Grace” for short) who grows up in a small town in Georgia (whether or not I’m going to make this town fictional or real, I haven’t figure out yet). She’s a rebel who desperately wants to escape her stifling town and be able to be herself, so she decides to move to a suburb somewhere in the Northwest (again, not sure if it’ll be fictional or real). In her small town in Georgia, it’s much more common and expected to get married and have kids when you’re young, but that’s not the life for Bobbie Grace. She decides she wants to go and get her master’s degree (in what, I’m not sure). But plans get thwarted when she unexpectedly falls in love with someone and they buy a house. All the money she saved up for college goes towards the down payment of her house, and she feels as if her life has once again been handed over to a situation, rather than her calling the shots in her own life.