So, I’m going to take a step back from the current novel I’m writing to tackle a new one for NaNoWriMo. I’m doing this for two reasons: First, I’m kinda stuck on my first one. I had a well defined plot set out and I’ve written all the major plot points, however, I’m not sure how to get the characters from point a to point b. I honestly think I’m putting too much effort into trying to make sure something exciting is happening at every moment and so I get stuck. I’m thinking that if I step back and think about something else, I’ll be able to come back and see it in a different light. Second, I have a fun concept I’ve been kicking around in my head. While reading “On Writing” by Stephen King, he mentions that he (almost) always starts his books with a situation, and then he just documents what happens. So, I decided it would be fun to try. I have a good situation, perhaps a little corny but still fun, and I’m going to imagine what’s happening and just write. The nice thing of NaNoWriMo is that it encourages the brute force writing method. I don’t think, plan, or plot, I just write.
So, my situation:
In a world that is very similar to ours there exists an exclusive aristocracy of magic users. The most powerful, and leader of this group, has a couple children but his daughter is his obvious favorite. Another man, a well known and very powerful doctor, has been exiled by the aristocracy for performing human experiments. One day, the leaders daughter is critically injured to the point where everyone knows there is only one person who might have a chance to save her. Resigned, he takes her to the doctor and pleads for her life. Seeing the opportunity to get his revenge, he pretends to try to heal her but instead stabilizes her, places her in a coma, and informs the father that she was too far gone and the best he could do is restore her body for burial. The doctor takes a corpse of a similar girl and uses his power to replace the leaders daughter for burial. Afterward, he puts all his powers into transforming the girl into a weapon that he could use to strike back at those who shunned him. He transforms her into a half girl, half cat. She has cat ears, eyes, and muscles granting her enhanced abilities. Her appearance was changed to make sure she wouldn’t be recognized, however, she remains stunningly beautiful. And, finally, he erases her memory to ensure he can control her.
The novel begins as she wakes up in a strange place, with strange abilities, and no past.
And in 5 days, she’ll begin to have a future. 🙂