It started with a train trip to Montreal.
I had the song ‘The Book of Love’ stuck in my head, but for some reason, I kept singing alternative lyrics, saying ‘book of life’ instead of ‘book of love.’
The book of life is long and boring
no one can lift the damn thing.
It’s full of charts and facts and figures
and instructions for dancing.
(You can listen to the full song here.)
So I thought: what would it be like if such a book existed? Who would have it? Who would want it? Would everyone be able to read it?
The rest of the train ride was spent pondering this idea. When I got back from my trip to Montreal, I had three characters, a handful of scenes, and a general sense of the basic A–>Z of the story.
That November, I started writing.
A Free-For-All Fantasy Experiment
I set myself to the challenge of National Novel Writing Month with no limits on my imagination. Whatever scenes came to mind would end up on the page.
It was a free-for-all, and I was amazed by the characters and scenes that popped into my head each day. (Seriously, where do those come from?) That’s one of the great things about writing fantasy–anything goes (well, most of the time).
A year later, as I embarked on NaNoWriMo again, I realized I needed to piece together a proper outline and reign in the wild imagination that I had let loose. And now I’m in the process of filling in all the gaps, fixing plot holes, developing characters and backstory and elements of this new world.
If you like talking rock creatures, cultural dynamics, secret histories, deep friendships, and epic battles, all wrapped around a book that everyone thought was destroyed, then you’d like my work-in-progress, The Book of Life.
Stay tuned for an excerpt! And as always, thanks for reading.