Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Novel Journey

It's so interesting how characters can come to life when you're writing them. What's also interesting is how a novel can take on a life of its own and begin it's own journey...

I wrote a novel last November during NaNoWriMo. I had a book idea in mind but it just never felt right so when another idea floated into my mind a few days before NaNo began, I grabbed it and ran with it. Pen Stroke: A Novel Journey is what happened.

But then, the more I played with the book, and thought about the ideas inside the book, the more it started to change direction and take on a new focus. I originally thought it was mostly about offering a humorous look at writers writing a 50,000-word novel in a month, along with some time morphing and a kahuna quest.

And then the magic happened. I realized it was more about a kahuna quest and finding the magic within, and that writing a 50,000-word novel in a month was part of the journey of the kahuna quest.

I did a whole bunch of rewriting and it's now been rebirthed as the first book in my Maui Magic series... :) Turns out that some of the material I deleted was actually destined to be included in the prequel to the series and is an entirely new book--which is a good thing because it builds the background for the Maui Magic series.

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