I discovered something about my new book on my way to writing 50,000 words (I’m still behind on that) for National Novel Writing Month. It’s got a lot of stuff going on. For this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge I decided to write a new to me genre. Well, the new adult is new. The dystopian, not so much. I’d started a dystopian story before (still have to finish it) that also dealt with betrayal and government conspiracies. Hmmm. Is there a pattern there? Can you have a dystopian story that doesn’t include a government system that’s totally corrupt and not in the citizens’ best interests?
I was starting to write this month and realized, besides not having plotted out enough story, I hadn’t done any actual research for my book. I’m not into politics or government so creating a new government was difficult. Creating a corrupt government wasn’t so difficult. Power is addicting. The more you have, the more you want. I wrote a few notes down about the government system and hope that if I have at least a plausible explanation for how the government came to be the way it is, that will suffice. Did I mention that I need to work on my world building skills?
Then I encountered another problem. As I was writing a scene I was thinking about a few scenes in the future so I had to stop for a moment and research sweat. It will all make sense if you read the book. 🙂
At this point it will probably take me just as long to do the research as it will to write the book. So for now I’m putting notes in as I write -> (COMA RESEARCH HERE) and moving on. I have a list of topics I have to investigate so the novel will be filled with these little reminders.
What I didn’t have to research was betrayal. How it affects someone. How hard it is to trust after you’ve been betrayed. My main protagonist starts out starry-eyed and happy. Eager to do her civic duty. I kind of feel bad for her because I know all the pain, betrayal and danger she’ll find herself in later on. I normally don’t like to torture my characters but that makes for boring fiction. So I’m getting better at throwing a bunch of stuff at them and making them deal with it. Luckily for her she has three books to work out her issues.
I’ve got a play list for the trilogy on Spotify.
What do you think about research dumped into a story? For the dystopian novels out there do you care how the world got to be the way it is? Or do you just care about what’s happening to the characters now?
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A road trip goes wrong for a group of friends trying to help one of them get over a break up. They find an inn where the mirrors are cursed and they realize they don’t know each other as well as they thought they did.
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