Yesterday, being my day off (!) I set myself a goal of 2,000 words but I easily surpassed that, leaving me feeling quite accomplished. BUT, the thing is...so far the story has come relatively easy because I've known it. Soon I will enter a new territory - I will have written all I know and I'll switch from being a 'planner' to a 'pantser' in which I'm sure the words won't come as easy.
HOWEVER, as I sat at the Writer's Jam table during a particularly quiet meeting, I had this shocking idea:
What if it all happens in the same town??? Just separated by forty years??? #ChurchInTheWildwood & #BlackBirdNovel ...a #writersjam epiphany— Alanna Rusnak (@alannarusnak) November 10, 2015
Because seriously...what if???
What could that mean for my story?
I'm crazy excited by the possibilities:
- recurring characters
- the map of the town/surrounding areas
- WHERE IS JOSEPH CARVER 40 YEARS LATER???
Gah! The possibilities have practically got me jumping!
Of course, this means a few little hints and glimpses of Black Bird need to be weaved into The Church In The Wildwood but that doesn't sound like work--that sounds like the mischievous fun of hiding easter eggs!
And, since I got totally excited about this idea and am already way above the necessary NaNoWriMo word count needed at this point, I started writing a companion novella to The Church In The Wildwood in which I envision both timelines colliding in a rather lovely and organic way.
At least that is my hope.
And of course I had to go ahead and create some cover art. It helps ground me into the story somehow.
Plus...isn't it pretty???!?
Black Bird is definitely still my main focus - I promise - but I also hope I can stay way ahead on my word count, maybe finish early and then take on the ghost of Iris while I let Bird roost for a while.
Because seriously, of all the character's in The Church In The Wildwood, Iris has grabbed onto my heart and is not letting go!