I’m way overdue for writing a post, and even this one will be fairly brief. But the reason for my delinquency is legit – or at least I think so!
As mentioned in past posts, when I completed In Her Mother’s Shoes and sent it off to my publisher, I started work on Kiss Petey, a novel that was very different from my first two, with an element of adventure and suspense added to a romantic involvement.
Then, two weeks ago, I woke up with my brain traveling a hundred miles an hour and practically writing a totally new story in my head. Epiphanies like this don’t happen often, at least to me, so I rolled out of bed immediately and started writing (longhand) as fast as I could, trying to capture all the tracks this story seemed to be taking before they flitted from my mind forever. When I was done, I had nearly ten legal size pages (and I write small) with enough detail for me to get started on this new book as soon as my crazy schedule allowed.
While waiting for a dental appointment last week (I was 15 minutes early and he was 45 minutes late, so I had an hour to play with), I wrote a 3-page synopsis and the first chapter. I was so excited, I almost left the dentist office so I could keep working on it! My saner side knew better than to do that, thankfully. And as it turned out, it didn’t matter.
On Saturday I reserved the entire day, starting at 5am, to continue my writing binge. By the time I stopped at 4pm, I had written 32 pages – nearly 10,000 words – and refined the synopsis.
The story line is unlike anything I’ve ever done or even thought of doing. It will require a tremendous amount of research, which I’ve always avoided because of the time required. But my gut tells me it will be worth it.
So what is this mysterious story?
It is a fictional memoir, being written by a woman about to turn 100 in the year 2101. The life story she unveils does include some romance (of course), but much more, it is her perspective on what transpired in her lifetime, the 21st century. My friend, Sharon Delaney, said it sounded like science fiction. If anyone had ever predicted I would write science fiction, I’d have laughed until I exploded. But I suppose it sort of is.
I’m not about to give away all that the main character will share, but I hope it ends up as exciting in writing as it feels in my head.
By the way, the working title, which likely will change, is Transition.
My reason for sharing this, besides pointing out that Kiss Petey is being set aside for now, is to assure everyone that your muse(s) really do work while you are sleeping, and even the most predictable writer (me) can eventually wake one day with an idea for a book that exceeds all your expectations – and very well could take over your life while it is being written!
Write on, friends! If you haven’t yet had your epiphany, I’d be willing to bet it will come. If it could happen to me, it could happen to anyone!