Well the days are slipping by and NaNoWriMo is almost upon us.
I should be clearing my diary for November but somehow it seems to be getting busier and busier and I am seriously wondering how I am going to survive the writing frenzy.
There have been lots of discussions on-line about the different ways of approaching NaNo. Some people plot and plan meticulously while others ride the inky waves by the seat of their pants!
I haven’t time to think about what style suits me, but have I time to plan?
My idea for NaNo has been bubbling around my brain for years but I keep pushing it to the back of my head always thinking of it as a future project. When an idea has been brewing for so long you know the basic story inside out. I feel my planning has been in progress for a long time.
I also have a little secret that I am now willing to share...
It has been said there are “no new stories under the sun”. Every story that could ever be written has been done before; the challenge is to find a new and innovative way of telling the tale.
With this in mind my basic plan is to rewrite a very old tale, something thousands of years old.
My inspiration has come from what I believe is the greatest book of stories ever, the Bible, and I plan to retell the Old Testament story of Esther giving it a modern twist.
Earlier in the year I read the Hunger Games trilogy, I was hooked and devoured one after the other; I even had to buy the third on my kindle because I was desperate to finish the series.
I want to write The Book of Esther (working title) in a similar young adult genre.
It is a tale of romance, intrigue and power struggles. Esther’s people are discriminated against and she has to find the courage to stand up to the bad guys.
Actually written like that her story doesn’t sound very different from Katniss Everdeen’s plight – as I said there are no new stories under the sun!
Best of all from a pre-planning point of view I know exactly how the story goes and I have re-read it several times in preparation.
The only question is can I rewrite the story of Esther, a mere 10 chapters in the bible, in at least 50,000 words?
Watch this space!
|Nothing new under the sun ... any excuse to add a pretty picture to my blog post!|
And here's a few more fun facts that I've looked up as part of my planning procrastination...
The phrase “nothing new under the sun” comes from Ecclesiastes chapter 1 verse 9. That’s just four books after Esther, if you want to check out any references!
Also I have just Googled The Hunger Games and read this on Wikipedia...
The idea for the trilogy was based in part on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, in which seven boys and seven girls from Athens are sent every nine years against their will to be devoured by the Minotaur, a cycle that doesn't stop until Theseus kills the Minotaur. Collins, who heard the story when she was eight years old, was unsettled by its ruthlessness and cruelty. Collins said, "In her own way, Katniss is a futuristic Theseus."
So even Suzanne Collins hasn’t imagined a completely original tale. It still feels fresh because not everyone has heard of the myth and it has been set in a totally different world from ancient Greece.
Now don’t tell me my blog isn’t educational!