Having been home with the kids, who are on vacation from school, writing has been a challenge. So I figured, why bother? Even if I drag my laptop around the house, I still don’t get much done with all the chaos. So instead, I’ve been daydreaming. 🙂
I have two new story ideas doing battle in my head. One is a dystopian story of survival. The other is a urban fantasy about fairies. Yes, that’s right. The mythical beings with wings. Only not all my fairies will have wings in my story. I’m throwing out many traditional facts about fairies and inventing my own. That’s the cool thing about being an author. You get to decide.
My daughter helped me brainstorm a bit on the story about fairies. I’m sure in her six-year-old mind, she is thinking Tinkerbell, while I’m thinking Legolas (I know, he’s an elf). Anyway. Both stories, should they ever get written, are still forming in my mind. But the first step for me–when applicable–is always drawing a map. A map gets my brain thinking of possible scenes, characters, and subplots I would have never come up with without a map.
Here is my map of Belfaylinn. The story premise goes something like this:
Kaitlyn’s brother Quinn has been acting very strange lately. Worried for him, she watches him closely. This investigation brings her to a disturbing discovery. Quinn is not Quinn at all, but an impostor. A real-life fairy with wings. And if this guy is a fairy, where is Quinn?
What do you think? When I finish my dystopian map, I’ll post it.
Once the kids are back in school, I have a long To Do list of writing that will keep me busy through the spring of 2010. But after that, what should I write next? Dystopian or fairies? I really like both ideas.