Have you ever woken up with a fantastic story idea rolling around in your brain only to realise that it was actually a book you’d read ages ago? Or – as it was in my case this morning – a book that I wrote and self published about six years ago under my real name.
For a second I was overwhelmed and filled with excitement. Why, you ask?
The truth is a sad reality…these days I write my books in series and, while I thoroughly enjoy the novels I write, there are very few things more exciting than getting a great idea, fleshing it out and sitting down to get it onto the screen and, hopefully, the printed page.
All. In. One. Go.
Aaah, the stand-alone novel. My entrance into the world of writing and my own personal favourite. How I have missed it. There are a whole load of them floating around upstairs; conceptual ideas for great books.
That – excuse the pun – ‘novel’ concept is just that – an idea waiting to be brought to fruition. Not something that lingers, gathering dust, in the back of the trashcan that is my mind these days. In that dusty old patch of darkness all it’s going to get is an occasional look-in and that endearing “this is my idea and one day I’m going to turn it into a bestseller” diatribe. And there it lingers, joined by other great ideas while I keep dreaming storylines I’ve already written. So, as much as I have enjoyed the adventure of serialised books, I’m definitely making the next one a stand-alone.
“Oh no!” I hear you cry out. Paranormal romance is always in series. A stand alone will never work.
Or will it?
I think I’m going to give it a bash and find out if the genre will still be standing after I release a stand-alone novel with all the elements that you find in each – just minus the next installment. Imagine it… the final conclusion by the end of the book. I call it instant gratification; for me and for you, the faithful reader.
Now all I need to do is dust off a couple of ideas and see if the trashcan still holds anything of merit.
With NaNoWriMo fast approaching I think it marks the perfect opportunity to put pen to paper – or fingers to keys and let the dreaming begin.
Or even better – how about a novel a month through November? That’s my challenge to myself – 3 novels in three months to get the creative juices flowing so to speak.
And that’s all folks – stay tuned. I’ll be updating my progress here often but right now there’s a sexy little apocalypse idea that needs to be pulled from the ether and stuffed into my laptop.