Now that I have finished the Bloody Gothic Novel, I have turned my attention to my writing goals, which includes writing three novels this year. My initial plan was to write one in March, however Evil Editors Unite is on over at KiwiWriters, and I want to take part in this. As a result, that means that I have to start writing either in February or April, either of which doesn’t unduly worry me.
I had some ideas buzzing around inside my head, including a Steampunk novel based in my hometown in the 1850’s, but when I couldn’t find the notes I had started on this, I realised that perhaps it wasn’t the right time.
So I got to thinking about other historical events that took place in NZ, because I thought it was about time I concentrated on local history. And I remembered a very grizzly murder which occurred here back in the 1800’s. Bit of research later, and I discovered that even though the event is very well known in the region, no one has written a novel about it… Hmmmm, cogs are turning.
More research later and having read through historical documents, including the local newspaper printed at the time, I realised that the story was pretty much told at the time. But how wonderful would it be to actually dramatise the story and make it come alive! What a challenge!
I have enough material that I can’t get any of the facts wrong, and believe that it will make a fascintating read, especially since there is so much speculation involved in the facts, so I have a new story idea. And like always, I am itching to start on it. But I still have to plan it out, get the timing right, work on the storyline a little, but I am certain that I am onto a winner, and even if it doesn’t become a best seller, I am still fascinated by the story, as I have been since I first heard it when I was 10 years old.
So watch this space – next novel will be a local historic novel! Yay!