If you allow a writer one story, they ask for another.
I completed the outline for Dwarves of Seven (Do7) and immediately set to work on an outline for a story from my ideas folder. The plan is now to work on three novels or novellas inspired by fairy tales. I’ve layered my schedule for next year (shown below) with months blocked off to speed-draft each one. My stories for 2018, in order of priority:
- Do7, from the Grimms’ “Snow-White” with elements of “Snow-White and Rose-Red”
- RitN (an old project, revised) more loosely based on “Beauty and the Beast”
- A sea-prince story expanding on Hans Andersen’s “The Little Sea-Lady”
The newest outline is for the sea-prince novel. I’m learning more from working on this outline than I did for Do7.
- I understand less about oceanography than medieval German folktales, so writing about dwarves in an alternative 12th-century Germany is easier than writing about sea-people.
- Working from general expectations of a story, as I did for Dwarves, is easier than adapting a detailed short story.
- Hans Christian Andersen was a more interesting person than I would’ve guessed.
I’ve started researching Andersen to understand what inspired him. My goal is write a story expressing the themes that matter to me but in a way that doesn’t contradict too much of the original author’s work.
These projects feel like new adventures to me! I want to throw myself into all of them simultaneously.
Let’s see how far enthusiasm can sail.