Day 25. 30-Day Challenge. Blah, blah, blah.
Yeah, I’ve hit a wall. Hang on to your seats, folks. As you can probably tell from my tone, this is going to be a riveting post.
If writing begets writing, then I need to write my way through this road block. Let’s talk about why I’m not feeling it today. I guess it’s because I’ve finally reached one of my goals (getting published on Scary Mommy). And now I need a moment to reassess my situation.
What’s my next goal? To write the manuscript. So, what am I doing to get there?
Well, I’ve been doing my own version of “research.” I’ve been reading a few popular young adult fiction books. (This could also be construed as procrastination, but I like to think that it’s sort of helpful.) These books are like my text books. I am studying how each author paces information exposition so that I can apply their techniques to my manuscript.
Yeah, I know. I’m a nerd. You could ask any of my friends or family members and they will tell you that I loved school. When I was younger, I disliked summer vacation because I was bored at home. I always looked forward to returning to school in the fall.
I know. It’s kind of sad.
Both of my parents went to boarding schools in India. I used to hear them talk about how much fun they had and wistfully dream of attending a boarding school myself. I was addicted to a series of Enid Blyton books that I discovered in India about a boarding school called St. Clare’s. I loved those stories and recently started re-reading them.
Maybe that’s why I really want to send my character, Shivani Roy, to a boarding school. Didn’t the Star Wars Jedi’s have a school? And what about the Harry Potter wizards? Or the Twilight vampires? They were all in school. (NOTE: This reminds me of the Simpsons episode when Homer Simpson decides to write a young adult fantasy book with a few of his friends. Homer sends HIS characters to a school too!)
So why can’t Shivani and the Devas have a school too? And how do I move Shivani from being attacked by her foster uncle to being trained at this school?
Hmmmmm…… This is something to think about.