The Novella Takes Flight

Right then, apparently I can get down to business faster than I thought. :o

I finished the outline of the novella, currently titled Through Windows and Hearts, last night and, being me, reread it quickly and dove into writing it. Around 10:30, I found my eyes had glued themselves shut, so I sort of had to stop. I might be a touch typist, but there are limits, even for me. However, when I promised myself I would stop and managed to prop my eyelids up, I found I’d written the first 3,008 words. In about three hours, if I remember what time I started right.  Um, yeah, I think I like this story. Well, double-story. It really is one story wrapped within another, woven together.  No, I can’t say too much more, and you know I don’t tend to anyway.  I prefer to let the stories speak for themselves. It’s really a good practice, since you’re never there to explain or defend them to readers/agents/editors in the end.

I’ll definitely be diving back in tonight, and every spare moment until it’s done. I wanted to work on it all day today at work.  I think my biggest concern at the moment (other than there not being enough hours in the day) is people wanting more of one of the layers of story, something I’m presently unprepared to do. I’ll have to wait and see how that goes.  It feels both odd and liberating, doing a shorter work that isn’t in an existing world I built for a much larger project. It’s also a bit scary, because I’m used to having thought up the whole world before doing this, but that’s all right. Scary things push you to grow. Yes, I’m convincing myself too.

I find I’m now entirely unsure how long this is going to be, just from what I’ve covered in the words I’ve written.  We’ll see how that goes though. I refuse to judge it or insist it fit in a certain length. First draft, it just takes as long as it takes to tell the story. I will worry about the rest later.

I think the neatest thing about this has been how fast it’s unfolded. I mean, I saw the picture that inspired this story just a couple of days ago and how I’ve got the whole thing outlined. At this rate, it’ll have been around a week from inspiration to finished first draft of the story. That’s rather amazing to me, and it makes me wonder what else I can do with the right prompt.  Wait, no, I shouldn’t investigate that. I have too many stories to write as it stands. :D

About Julie

I'm a writer and photographer. I always have something with me to take notes for ideas or writing projects I'm thinking about or have on the go. I also like to go around with my camera and take pictures of anything that strikes me as beautiful or evocative. I'm perpetually working on one story or another, while waiting for enough distance to judge the last one (or more). I'm always working on several projects at once, developing the next book, even as I'm editing the last. Beyond that, there's always plenty of scraps and twists of ideas rolling around in my head, eventually turning themselves into full blown stories.
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9 Responses to The Novella Takes Flight

  1. jmmcdowell says:

    Just downloaded Bound. It’s next on the list after I finish the current one. :)

  2. wordsurfer says:

    I thought that prompt, or that thought, was really interesting and I’m sure you’ll do something unexpected with it! ;)

    • Julie says:

      I’m never sure about unexpected. That’s hard for me to know, since I already know everything that’s coming. We’ll see how it turns out though. :)

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