As I mentioned in my last post, I’d planned to finish a story to submit to WOTF next quarter, then start working on a novel. (I want to clarify that I’m in no way saying I’ve mastered short story writing yet, just that the skills I want to master involve novels, so I want to focus on that.) What I didn’t mention was it was going to be a fantasy novel adaptation of the short story I submitted to WOTF this quarter.
Then, last night, I had a dream. A story for either a young adult novel, or perhaps a novella with a young protagonist, played out in my dream, and while I don’t remember all the details I remember the plot. It’s got some elements in common with Avatar (the James Cameron movie), but I think it’s far enough off the mark to be its own story.
I am of the opinion that if my mind has a story that it’s desperate enough to tell that it gives me dreams, and it’s not just a direct retelling of some previous story I read or watched somewhere, I need to write that story, right then, while it’s fresh.
Right now, I can’t say whether this will turn into my third quarter entry, or a full-fledged young adult novel, but for now this will be the story I’m working on either until it’s done, or until I’m far enough along I feel safe setting it aside long enough to do a WOTF entry.