A Tale of Two Novels

Have you ever been convinced that an idea you came up with wasn’t actually yours? In my case, I believe that God provided the idea for a novel that I intend to complete.

As I said in my very first blog, I have been writing on the fantasy novel I entitled Livinity for eight years. In the meantime, other story ideas have to come to mind, but beyond writing brief descriptions, I virtually ignored those ideas. I felt that if I didn’t focus on Livinity alone, I wouldn’t be able to accomplish my goal of publication. Although determination and discipline are factors that can aid my goal, there are other factors as well.

For example, marketability. While at the FWA conference, I learned that in this difficult economic time, fantasy and other genre novels by new authors are not necessarily in a good position to be published. Not impossible, but also not likely. After the conference, I was encouraged to do something I had planned not to do: work on another story while simultaneously editing Livinity.

The idea from God came during a jog through Weedon Island Reserve. I lived with my parents at the time, so this was a few years back. I listened to my Ipod and as I jogged, images appeared in my mind like moving pictures that formulated an entire story. The Ipod music served as the perfect soundtrack. Beginning, middle, and end were given all at once. This has never happened to me before, so you may understand why I credit God.

Beyond the outline, I now have the first two chapters completed. I entitled the novel Sprinter. From this point forward, I will be working on both novels. In a matter of time, I hope to discover which one is more marketable.

I'll keep you posted on my progress.