Friday, 29 October 2010
Book Stuff--Kurt Chambers
I'm still buzzing from finishing my novel last week, but I still have my writing head on. I write in my tea breaks when at work, and it's become such a habit now I wouldn't know what to do with myself otherwise. So, I've started writing a new novel that has been rattling around in my empty head for a while. The book is called, The World in Johnny's Back Garden. I have a rough outline I wrote some time ago, but I'm still not 100% sure where this book is actually going, so it will be as much of a surprise to me as it will for you. :D
The idea for The World in Johnny's Back Garden came to me a long time ago. The original idea behind this novel was to write a story to give younger children an alternative view of all the living things around us through a series of mini adventure stories. I was going to write each chapter through the POV (point of view) of a different creature, like a mouse, a slug or a dandelion. That turned out to be quite a difficult task in the end, so the story has changed since then, but I'm still using the original theme. I mentioned this story in a submission to Ladybird publishers a couple of years ago and they told me their editorial panel was very impressed with my ideas and approach, so my plan of action is to complete this story and submit it to them sometime in the future.
I still have a mountain to climb. I want to get my new novel revised as quickly as I can and get it out for submission by the end of the year, or soon after. I could enter NaNo this month and enter The world in Johnny's back Garden, but I'm not good at writing under pressure. I will plod along at my own pace and see where this story ends up.
What do you other writers do normally when you complete a novel? Please share your end of novel stories with me. :)