November is a crazy month for me. Along with one son’s birthday, my husband’s birthday, several nieces’ and nephews’ birthdays, Thanksgiving (including family coming to town), an annual weekend event at Church, acquiring and editing stories for Havok’s January issue, and various other life-related things, I’m also trying to write a novel.
So far, I’m still keeping up. Granted, it’s only Day Five, so I still have a lot left to do, but as yet, I’m on target to finish.
I posted earlier about brainstorming for this novel. I am definitely a by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer, or, a “pantser” not a “plotter.” I actually tried plotting and outlining last year and ended up creating a lot more work for myself. I kept trying to hang out in the outlined box, and that wasn’t where the story wanted to go, so I ended up copy/pasting things into different places and rewriting a bunch in order to make it fit. I’m still not done with that one.
This year, I took a different route. Instead of outlining the plot, I decided to outline the characters. I spent some time figuring out who was who, what the world was like (worlds, actually), what the ship was like, the names of the characters and alien races, and so on.
I have a general outline of what’s going to happen. I’m incorporating a bunch of elements from my previous brainstorming, including plot and character suggestions all the wonderful people who commented there. But, for the most part, I’m letting the plot unfold as it chooses, which is a more efficient method for me.
So, without further ado, I give you the synopsis for The Flight to Alzador:
Dryce is on his way to meet his parents on the newly-colonized planet, Alzador, when the transport ship he’s on is taken over by aliens. Dryce and the other kids on the ship must find a way to take back the ship before they are sold into slavery on a distant mining planet.
Oh, and there may or may not be an appearance by an ex-pirate with a baby triceratops cyborg.
And on to write!