For a month or two I’ve had an idea of a novel that I want to write someday. It was just a very very high level idea. Nothing solid, no characters, no plot…much like my first NaNovel, Divided. But it was a back burner, I’ll-write-it-someday-down-the-road type of thing.
But as Nov. 1 draws nearer, the idea has been scratching at my brain a little more. It’s not forming itself into anything, it’s just being persistently there, in the background. I started wondering if I should write this one instead of Deceived.
I think I even have a name for this novel. Burning Darkness.
But still, it was just a vague idea floating around.
Until music changed everything.
Saturday night I was driving to a concert downtown – Sinfinis at The Crack Fox. So I was listening to Sinfinis on the way there. Perfectly logical, right? Anyway. Perfect Surface came on and inspiration struck. I knew what the first scene of the novel would be. I still don’t know anything about the characters or the plot, but the novel has suddenly started scratching harder at my brain, almost clawing, wanting to be written.
It hasn’t overcome Deceived – yet – but it’s very close. I have a feeling it will by the end of October. And since I’ve given up on doing any more planning for Deceived – I’m just going to let the characters lead me on the journey – I have time to prepare for Burning Darkness. I have as much to go on as I did for NaNo2008, and I’m not going to plan much more. I am, however, going to read one, two if I have time, books about asylums. The first is “Danger to Self: On the Front Line with and ER Psychiatrist” by Paul Linde. That one first, because it chronicles a modern psychiatric unit, and the first scene is modern-day. Then if I have time, “Danvers State: Memoirs of a Nurse in the Asylum” by Barbara Stilwell, because I think there will be a bit of an historic asylum angel to the novel as well, though I’m not really sure.
Those will give me the feel of an asylum, should I choose to write Burning Darkness. I don’t think I’ll truly know which novel I’m going to write until midnight on Nov. 1.