I realized at one point in my writing over the past couple of days that I was writing myself into a dead end, as I tend to do, so I’ve called a writing hiatus so I can make outlines/storylines/character sketches, etc.
I think the bones of the story are pretty good, it’s just kind of “crude” at the moment (as a friend of mine once so graciously called one of my ideas 😉 ). I’m trying to work out the kinks and from the looks of it, that sort of thing is better done from a distance. In the process of steering all of this in the right direction, I’ve come up with a great idea.
What if the main battle in this story is NOT the physical, emotional, or mental? What if it could be spiritual?
You know, that thing all humans have but no one wants to talk about.
And no, I’m not talking about “religious” spiritual. I’m talking about that deep, dark place inside of you that houses your true feelings and desires. That place you would NEVER want someone else seeing.
You remember Mati from my “Siranai” story that I often talk about? Well, her grandmother, Liriba, makes an appearance in this story. Guess who her father wants her to marry? King Callagan, the monster. So Liriba runs away and on her way, she meets a soothsayer that tells her about Ardith (who, by the way, is actually the princess of Ethiria but moved when she was younger because of her crazy father… and I do mean crazy). Liriba seeks Ardith and finds her when Galen and Ardith are traveling to Julius’ house to begin their quest.
Liriba provides her protection to Ardith and Galen on their quest (because Benedaun powers are the greatest in the land) but… there’s a catch. When they are under the protection of the crystal, they have to enter the world of the spirit, which is where you can see others’ motives, hallucinate your wildest fears into existence, see ghosts, and all other manner of nonsense.
Not totally original, but I think I can work with it.
I have other great ideas, but I will bore you with my bragging no longer. jk. Hope the concept of this novel excites you as much as it does me 🙂 TTFN!