I’ve been threatening for almost a year to start a new novel, but my revision focus of the last several months meant that I kept putting it off. Now that National Novel Writing Month is here again, I decided the time had come to finally start my Sky Gypsy story.
I did not sign up on the NaNo website, but I am faithfully following the rules and have been averaging just over 2000 words a day. I really need to have a few 3000 word days to “bank” for days when I don’t have time to write the normal amount. Like, Thanksgiving for instance.
This is my first foray into writing for middle grade readers. Because I am planning a five-year arc, my main character is starting off at fourteen years old. By the fifth book he’ll be eighteen.
The beginning of this book has been difficult, because I’m setting everything up and trying to keep it interesting. I’m just about to get to the fun part though. One thing I didn’t expect was for my main character to play my own instrument—the autoharp. It has ended up being essential for his character, because he starts off as a very “uncool” kid, and there are few things more “uncool” than playing what many think of as an “old folks” instrument.
This is the only story I’ve literally “dreamed up.” I had a very vivid dream, that was really just a few seconds of seeing the sky gypsies, but it was enough to spark a whole world and give me the genesis of a story. I am excited to see where it will take me.