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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My Melodramatic Novel: Is it Twilight with Dragons or even worse?

If you have been following my blog for a length of time (since November) you may remember my slew of NaMoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) posts (well, there might've been three or four of them; I don't know if that qualifies as a slew. What exactly is a slew? Brb, gtgt-going to google that.).

I did it, though! I wrote a novel which currently clocks in at 51,196 words after a few edits and adjustments (still somewhat on going). Part of the difficulty of getting it edited is because I really like my stuff. I like what I write about. I like my characters and even if it isn't "good" it is "fulfilling." I enjoy reading what I've written almost as much as I enjoy writing it. I know it isn't professional grade stuff. It's not clean. It's kind of cliche. My jokes are probably only funny to me, but I still love it.

But even though it will probably never be published (I'm having a hard enough time even getting a friend to read it through to the end), I dove right into the sequel (originally it was a trilogy, but the introduction of a couple of characters in book two ended up expanding it to four parts, and there is potential for more if I choose to pursue Prince Ryan's story after he parts ways with Ewan and Shannon in book four.).

My husband is supposed to be reading my first story, and I will admit that my hero, Ewan, is definitely Matt-like. I have a type. I find Matt to be extremely attractive and love stories with other men (even imaginary ones) bore me after awhile, and a few chapters in Matt said he already knew who was the him character and who was the me character (Again, no excuses, that's just how I write) and he commented on the fact that his character is always supposedly not talkative but still talks a ton more than he ever does in real life (Well, he isn't exactly you, Matt. Characters who speak in one syllable sentences get boring after awhile) and he is having a hard time reading it because it isn't his "thing." He doesn't like books where the love story is the central theme.

I knew this piece was the opposite of restrained as far as the emotion goes. I like taking two characters, making them fall in love, and putting obstacles in their way to happiness before finally giving them happily ever after.

I should mention that, in spite having mentioned Twilight in my title, I have not actually read Twilight. I have read the wikipedia page on Twilight so I know the plot. A cheap way out, but I didn't want to read Twilight but at the same time wanted to know what everyone is talking about and making fun of (I come from Geek circles. In Geek circles liking Twilight is kind of like wanting to play Hello Kitty Island Adventure in a room of World of Warcraft fiends. . . if you are a geek you should get that). I also have a little bit of hipster in my blood and if something is really popular, I tend to stray away from it. Sure, there are a lot of people who like Twilight and since I haven't really read it I'm not going to mock them (too much; I still plan to use the "still a better love story than Twilight" meme occasionally), but I have so many books I mean to read that interest me much more than Twilight that I am honestly not going to get around to it ever (I used to be a voracious reader but in my current incarnation, I have been working on the first chapter of Redshirts for about a week now). That said, I have a feeling that Twilight probably started out the same way. Ms. Meyers was probably just writing out her romantic daydreams and putting herself and her dream man into situations that allowed them to get all melodramatic on each other. I know my book has some of the foibles that I see Twilight mocked for, but I don't care.

So I'm writing the sequel and Ewan and Shannon are sappy as always. Someday I'm going to write something that is more action than emoting. Someday.


2 comments:

  1. Actually, you are correct. Stephanie Meyers did just write out her romantic daydreams...or rather wrote out what happened in a very vivid dream she had one night. It was so vivid that it stayed with her. Here is an excerpt from her bio:

    "Stephenie Meyer's life changed dramatically on June 2, 2003. The stay-at-home mother of three young sons woke up from a dream featuring seemingly real characters that she could not get out of her head.

    "Though I had a million things to do, I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream. Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write—something I hadn't done in so long that I wondered why I was bothering."

    Meyer invented the plot during the day through swim lessons and potty training, and wrote it out late at night when the house was quiet. Three months later she finished her first novel, Twilight. With encouragement from her older sister (the only other person who knew she had written a book), Meyer submitted her manuscript to various literary agencies. Twilight was picked out of a slush pile at Writer's House and eventually made its way to the publishing company Little, Brown where everyone fell immediately in love with the gripping, star-crossed lovers."

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    It is too bad inspiration can't be that easy for everyone. I have been working on my novel since 2002 or 2003...and have scrapped nearly every version of it since. Maybe someday inspiration will come back to me and I can finish it.

    Good luck with your novel. I know you are a good writer. I am sure it will be great!

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    1. the National Writing Month schedule really helps you keep on track. I think that's the main reason I managed to finish this one after a couple of years of false starts. I would like to find a word count tracker like the one they have on their site I can use year round.

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