Progress on the novel has been slow. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been writing, but it’s been much slower than I expected it to be.
Probably because I don’t even have a story.
I have three chapters written. One you could call steampunk, another fantasy and the third a western.
Yeah, I have no clue.
My idea was to take the traditional “high fantasy” story (typically set in a middle ages type era) and push it forward through time to something resembling the American west of the late 1800′s. How would dwarves and elves be living in that time period? Would there be other mythical creatures?
I wanted to explore the issues of racism, economics and technology (all issues that I feel strongly about personally) in this fantasy setting.
After writing three chapters focusing on three different characters, I realize I have no story. Which justifies something I have known for a long time: I may be a good writer, but I’m not a storyteller – and being a storyteller is kind of a requirement to writing fiction.
Sure, I have had ideas for a story, but they have either been done before or are too weak. I want to stay away from the typical Good vs Evil plot-line because it’s been done to death.
I want to write this. It’s important for me to do so for a number of reasons. I want to explore the issues I mentioned, but I also need to do this – to prove to myself that I can. If I can’t come up with a story, then I have proven that I can’t and should probably go back to fixing cars.
I need help. I need someone (or some-two) to bounce ideas off of. I need people to brainstorm with.