I promised that in this post I would tell you a little about my novel project for National Novel Writing Month this year. I’m still very much in the working-it-out stage (which I don’t do every year!), but I can tell you a few things at this point.
Following the trend of the past few years, this novel is a bit difficult to classify, genre-wise. I don’t see that as a bad thing, except when it comes to talking about it, which proves difficult. So, let’s see…I was originally calling it “steampunk” but recently I’ve realized that it also trends toward “gaslamp fantasy.” Thus you will have to imagine it as a mixture of the two. Perhaps I’ll be able to describe it more specifically once I actually start writing it. It’s set in late 1880’s London, but an alternate London with the types of technology associated with steampunk as well as a magical element.
I do have a title. I love having a title before I actually start writing. I also love titles that are literary references. My working title this year is Spaces Sharp and Bare. It comes from a snippet of verse by James Stephens, part of “The Breath of Life”:
I yearned up through the spaces of the sky,
Beyond the rolling clouds, beyond the high
And delicate white moon, and up the height,
And past the rocking stars, and out to where
The ether failed in spaces sharp and bare.
How it relates to the tale in my head…well, you’ll have to just wait and see. :)
In addition to my FreeMind mindmap, I’ve started a page of notes and questions, which is as much “outlining” as I ever do. My last few NaNo novels were quite unplanned, so I’m having fun actually thinking things out a little in advance this time. How it will affect the writing…well, we’re both going to have to wait and see about that one.