Scratching your head yet?
*checks her notes, tries to be serious*
Fellow science-fiction writer, science geek and worldbuilding master JENO MARZ is featuring an interview with me on her blog today. Check it out! It’s about inspiration, coming up with names and titles, learning curves and thoughts on the publishing conundrum, and madness. Writing is always about some form of madness. The writer’s, the characters’, the world’s. Madness, I say!
Come to think of it…
What’s the scariest, creepiest, most haunting story you have ever read?
What’s the creepiest thing you’ve ever experienced, or thought of? Did you write about it? Would you like to?
After finishing The Deep Link, and harvesting plenty of useful beta-reader feedback, I am taking some distance from it, since it’s been my only major project over the past… *closes eyes, counts on fingers* … 4 years. I need to write something else. Another novel. Another world.
So for this year’s NaNoWriMo (because why the hell not? it’s certainly encouraging for a perfectionist to see so many others killing their inner editors in a blood-drenched drafting frenzy) I will write the first draft of my new novel: THE LIGHTSHIP. It’s horror science-fiction, set in the far future, with a micro cast of just 2-3 characters. It’s claustrophobic, frustrating and terrifying, and in the end, most likely disturbing.
But the truly horrifying part about it? It’s in omniscient present tense.
*ducks behind desk*
*peers above it, to check if anyone laughed and pointed*
I never make things easy for myself.
You might have guessed that I’ve already outlined it, done some worldbuilding and character development, and experimented with tone & voice. Thing is, I tried writing it in first person, third person, past tense, present tense, taking different stabs at various tiny and wildly inconsequent moments just to see what felt natural, what felt right for this story. And I was frankly surprised to realize that omniscient present tense turned out to capture its vibe best.
Or rather, I can unravel this story in omnicient the best.
(I hate it when people claim the characters, the plot, or the world write themselves, as if some creepy-ass muse-demon possessed them and shoved ideas out their throats and fingers. “Oh, look, this scene practically wrote itself, isn’t that cool? I have no idea what’s going on! The characters just take me along for a ride, whee! Where’s my pills?”)
It will probably end up being written in a mixture of various POVs, a collection of snippets and moments that document what’s happening on that ship, but the overarching approach will be omniscient. And for a horror novel, I think that might work really well, don’t you?
And if you wonder why I’m writing horror now, YOU DON’T KNOW ME AT ALL.
I love horror!
It’s even closer to my heart than science-fiction (if that’s even possible). In fact, the two are quite inseparable in my mind. The best and most awesome of things happen if I let them frolic and fornicate.
*sits back at her desk*
So, what’s the creepiest thing you’ve ever done? The biggest fear you’ve ever conquered?
I’m very wary of omniscient. And mixing several different styles and approaches into a single novel. During the NaNoWriMo madness. It makes my palms sweat just thinking of it, and it makes me all giddy with excitement. I can’t wait to start writing it!
Curious what it’s actually about?
(if not, just skip to the comment section and tell me what horror book or novel scared you out of your wits)
Here’s the temporary log line I cooked up for THE LIGHTSHIP:
A clone, solely engineered to keep a dangerous alien species in quarantine on its homeworld, starts to lose control of the Lightship he lives on and of reality itself, as a far greater horror than the aliens takes over his life.