Tomorrow, the first of November, is time to launch another NaNoWriMo project. In general, I’m a pantser—that is, I write by the seat of my pants. If I know too much about the story, I don’t discover it as I write, and the charm of the thing is lost. I like to have a heart and a skeleton when I begin, and that’s about all: an over-arching theme and a notion of the beginning and the end. The actual trip, however, is to be discovered. By the way, that’s exactly how I like to travel as well—by car, always; and make the trip an exercise in discovery.
For NaNoWriMo This year, however, I know more about my NaNo story than I have in the past. For one thing, the essence of it was ‘lifted’ from book one of the series. I found myself developing a minor character into someone far more important. As I wrote Book 1, once I ‘lifted the Thomas parts and put them aside, I developed a sort of story-board for this book (and also the two books after this book). It remains to be seen if it will be easier or harder for me to actually draft at least 50,000 words this November, starting with a general outline.
This will be Thomas’s story in fairyland. Leona will still be around, but Rosalea will be the side-kick character again. You’ll see some of the same old faces here—Froid and Freeman, Tiddly and Ralph—who I don’t think will be as significant as Driggs and Rigby, and Luck the Gremlin, of course—but you also find some new ones. Figuring the most important among the new faces, is Puppers, the Lacey family dog.
So, just for review, my overarching themes for Book one and Book two are:
Book 1: Leona the Part-Time Fairy—Identity
You can’t become what you don’t want to be. If you insist on choosing two mutually exclusive identities, you will not become either successfully, but you will become an object of manipulation for forces outside yourself.
Book 2: Thomas Edison (no title yet, sorry)—Creation
To create is to bring something new into being using the raw materials around you. Even intellectual property uses ideas that come from outside yourself. Once you have fashioned something completely new from the old + inspiration, your creation will require your attention—nurturing and shaping—until, at some point, it takes on a life of its own and becomes itself.
Conceptually, perhaps, the second book should have come first; but who’s to say which came first. Identity is to creation rather like the chicken is to the egg. Some people seem to have figured that out to their satisfaction, but many have not. For myself, in this instance, I just have to trust to my interior instincts which definitely went for Identify before Creation. My way of thinking is founded squarely on using the old + inspiration—obviously the old forms have identities.