I’m a crime fiction girl through and through. I read loads of crime fiction and I’ve written, well just finishing, my first crime fiction novel, which, I am hoping will be the first in a series. I even watch crime shows on the television. But there’s a story that has been going around and around in my head for about the past nine months and it’s not crime.
It started as one sentence. I was driving home from work and I looked across my windscreen into the sky – It was quite an open area I was driving in – and the sentence just appeared in my head. It wouldn’t go away. It was there days later, so I wrote it down.
After writing it down, my mind wandered. Where did this sentence lead to? Then, what happened to the group of people? Until, eventually, it’s all mapped out. Well, not quite all…
The book I want to write is Science Fiction so there is a lot of detail that isn’t all mapped out. The overall idea and knowledge of where I want this to go and what I want to happen, is there, but there are things that need sorting. So this is what I am using NaNoWriMo for. To get this novel down, in it’s roughest form, with rough science and limited knowledge, which can all be sorted out at a later date.
I am surprised by this turn of events though. Even though it happened fairly steadily, I never saw myself writing anything like, what is currently running through my head. I have blood splattered across the header of my blog! I like crime. Yet, I find myself signed up to write something so completely and utterly different. In my defence, I will say, I love science. The world around me just fascinates me. Before I started writing, I was studying for a Geoscience degree with the Open University and passed all my level one courses, but decided to take a year out to see if I could write a novel and I haven’t stopped.
I hope those of you who are here only for the crime aspect, that you please bear with me. I promise I’m still an avid crime fan. I’m still finishing the first crime novel, I will submit it and I will write the second, but I really need to do this.
This could be an interesting journey. Crime and Science Fiction trying to make it out onto the page.
Has anyone else found their brain making such a sudden switch on them? And did you follow it?