So yeah, NaNoWriMo is less than 2 weeks away now and I’m starting to freak out that I don’t know, deep in my gut, what I want to work on. Do I have novel ideas? Heck yes. But almost all of my ideas are historical fiction, which require gads of research, and I just don’t think I have the time or energy for research this year. 😦
I was in the car a lot yesterday with Halie (my daughter), and our car conversations almost always turn to writing. She’s a writer too, though she’s working on her own indie comic (its a great story and if she ever gets the website going I’ll post if here). So, LA traffic means trapped in your car for a long time which means good discussions (for the most part). Well, yesterday’s discussion led me to think that perhaps I do have one historical fiction that I could work on — one that doesn’t necessarily require immediate research. Meaning, I could probably get through most of NaNoWriMo on mostly minimal research. Though its based on true events (or should I say inspired by true events), its not truly historical because we don’t have enough information to go on… Also my main protagonist is completely fictional, though my other main character is historical. What are the rules for this anyway?
So this story I’m thinking of, tentatively titled “The Revivalist,” probably belongs in the American Gothic Horror (Romance?) genre. It takes place in the late 1800s during the early days of the surgical/medicine/end of the scientific revolution movement… If you’ve ever watched that show “Knick” the TV show on Cinemax (or Amazon Prime), then that’s precisely the era/setting in which my novel takes place.
I may just watch the whole first season to get in the mood to write… but for tonight I think we might just go see Crimson Peak… the new gothic movie out by Benicio del Toro…