Last night, or more accurately early this morning, I woke up and had an a great idea for a setting for my NaNo novel. I was thinking this is a super breakthrough! I was coming up with all sorts of details on the possibilities for side stories and the like, details about the physical surroundings and even some thoughts on architecture.
I was pretty happy with myself.
So I went to work and while scratching out some notes about the smaller things in my universe-to-be during my down time, the roof fell in on me. Not literally, of course, that would have hurt and I wouldn’t be writing this; but then…
A little voice in my head (don’t worry, normally he keeps to himself) said, “Umm, Tom? All of this stuff is fine, well, and good but aren’t you missing a couple of things? Just a couple of little things like, oh, I don’t know, maybe a protagonist, possibly an antagonist, a plot arc could be a nice addition… Not trying to be critical here, after all the farms are really well thought out and all. The descriptions of rural life are well done, but… Jus’ sayin’.”
I hate it when he’s right. I got so caught up in the development of where the story is going to happen, I forgot to PUT A STORY there.
So there is the problem du jour. Coming up with the real elements of a novel and not getting sidelined with the stuff that can, and really should, be built around the other elements of a great novel as listed above.
So now I am off to go looking about for a protagonist and a conflict. I’ll let you all know how the search progresses.