I’ve finally finished the first draft of my novel, Ragnar Blaise’s High Idea. It’s taken about five years to get to this point, and the storyline has deviated a lot from my initial plot. Some authors don’t like “winging it” but I disagree; a story that changes whilst in writing does so because it evolves organically. What I discover is that dialogue and actions, when put down in writing, have unforeseen effects on the storyline. Allowing a story to develop into different and unusual directions is more natural than trying to keep a story inside a framework. I guess everyone is different though.
Now that RBHI is now complete (and about to undergo a multitude of rewrites), I was, possibly prematurely, thinking about a sequel. The scope of RBHI is enormous; the universe plays a big BIG part of the story, and so I was thinking about going the other way – into the microverse. My initial idea was that every object in the universe is its own universe, and the characters have to accomplish some task by hopping between objects. Like I said, a very premature line of thought at the moment.
One of my big concerns is artwork. I have been sketching and collecting clippings that are relevant to the book, and have an idea for the front cover that is, sadly, way beyond my skills as an artist. I need to commission an artist. Maybe Reddit can come to the rescue.
Anyway, this is just a quick update. I will be taking a break from the novel, and will have the time to write more ‘blog posts now.