Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Begun This Novel Has

It finally happened. Last week, I sat down and started writing my novel. My attempt at a longer story than I have ever done before. Yes, I'm shooting for an end of year release, and yes, I might not make it. I know I'll have it written in time, but it's the proofing and editing stages that are currently in question. We'll see what happens.

I'm sure most people think that it is a daunting task. In fact, I used to think that way. Then, under the pen name of B.C. Young, I wrote novelettes and short stories. As I prepared for the novel, I wrote an outline of what I plan to accomplish chapter by chapter.

I realized two things when I did this:

  1. A novel is just a longer story. Sure there's more character development and description and stuff. But at the end of the day, it's just a long story.

  2. My outline got the story focused in my mind, but I find that I'm writing against it. I'm changing drastically what the story is and the outline has become more of the back story. Kind of funny how it worked, but I think the novel is improving because of this.

Those are two interesting experiences, and ones that lead me to encourage you, if you want to write a novel, to consider. If the idea overwhelms you, write some short stories first. Get a handle on your style and approach. Then, when you are ready for that novel, it won't seem like such a big deal.

Now for the other part of this post, which is more information on the title of the novel. Here's what I've revealed so far:

Fram G. and T.I.A.

Ready for the letter 'G'? If you look at the image above, you'll get an idea of the word, but perhaps not the spelling. Here you go. The 'G' in the title stands for 'Gage'.