I started writing a new novel. It was a retelling of the Princess and the Pea story, where the pea was so tainted with dark magic it burned a hole through a dozen mattresses and the princess had to figure out who was trying to start a war. It was a fun idea, and I was excited to start.
The beginning was going well – I started with a lot of energy, but then this happened:
The story quickly got away from me. It started out light and airy, full of fun humor. And then in the second chapter I was having the main character gouge someone’s eye out with a knitting needle.
I feel like the story still has a lot going for it. I like the premise. I just didn’t know how to write it and I constantly felt like I was fighting it.
I’m not sure if I have the talent level right now to pull it off. I wanted to write it in past tense, but it kept demanding that I write it in present. I wanted it to be fun and middle grade, and it kept showing me it’s darker underbelly of YA-ness. It’s like it’s this pretty idea out there, but I can’t seem to grasp it and put it into words the way I typically would.
She really liked the story and wanted me to keep writing it. So I tried. I really did, but I kept getting stuck. It was awkward.
Life is good folks — cuz I’m writing. What’ve you been up to in my absence?