Here we are, folks; Blog 2. Let excitement ensue… So, in the first blog, I mentioned I was working on something else at the moment. Well, I’d finally like to tell you all what it is!
When I decided to start writing The In-Between, many moons ago (or almost four years), I had two ideas for musicals in my head. [Well, being strictly true, I had three, but one wasn’t overly formed.] I chose to write The In-Between first because I knew the other show, also a fantasy story, would be massive in scale and really not at all possible to do without major funding. Although The In-Between still had some scale issues (see Blog 1) it was the logical choice to go for first as a little, unknown writer. So that’s the one I went for.
Now, fast-forward three and a half-ish years (yikes, doesn’t time fly!) to October 2012 and, with most of the work for the time being done on The In-Between, I found myself wanting to write something new. The funny thing was that over that time, this other show concept had been writing itself in my head, even when I wasn’t really trying to write it, even sometimes when I was supposed to be working on The In-Between. I kept getting little snippets of plot, gaps filled in, new characters and the like popping into my mind, usually while I was trying to go to sleep! When I got these ideas, I wrote them down in a notepad I keep handy (essential!) or typed them up. Essentially, the story had been writing itself in my subconscious for a long time (maybe a little weird, I guess). It was a story I really wanted to write and I just couldn’t ignore it anymore with all these ideas flowing, despite all the scale issues there would be with a musical.
Then, something interesting happened, that I hadn’t ever really intended initially. In my head, the show had always been split into three definite sections; prologue, act one and act two. However, the more I thought about it, the prologue – which had originally only been envisaged as about ten minutes long – became a more and more important part of the whole narrative. What I had planned to explain fairly quickly had this whole back story in itself, and this was a story I wanted to tell; a story that gave the weight to everything that happened afterwards in act one and act two.
So, what did all that lead me to? I decided I wanted to write the story of this musical, firstly, as a book. That’s right, a right proper, grown-up novel. Well, three actually; prologue, act one and act two (as we all know good fantasy stories must come as a trilogy…!). In a musical, by necessity, you have to explain things and move scenes on very quickly and, over the years, there had grown so much more that I wanted to put in it than I knew would be able to fit in a stage show.
I have loved writing stories since I was tiny. I was writing stories long before I started writing music, so, I guess, in a way, the idea of writing it as a book isn’t that strange to me. I’ve also loved reading fantasy and science fiction since I was ten and read Harry Potter (thank you J. K. Rowling!), and am still reading daily. If I didn’t have work to do, I could quite easily sit reading all day, lost in imaginary worlds…
So there it is, I’m writing a book! [As I said, three, eventually, hopefully!] I’m not saying I’ll never convert the book into a musical – that’s something I definitely hope to do – but this is how I’m planning to tell the story first because I want to be able to tell the full story.
Draft one is currently hovering around 80,000 words and I’ve been sorting through pages and pages of notes, having recently written the back story to just about everything I can think of to do with the setting. I have no idea when it will be finished or when it will come out – I’ll try traditional routes first, but if there’s no luck there, there’s this wonderful new thing of self-publishing online, another appealing side of starting this out as a book… – but I’m working hard on getting it finished/vaguely presentable! I’ll try and keep posting updates on this blog, as and when available.
In terms of the story itself, I don’t want to give too much away at this point, but it’s very different from The In-Between, set just over one hundred years in the future, following the survivors of a final, devastating world war…
I’m so excited about writing this new story. It’s been floating around in my head for far too long and I think it’s about time it was told. I can’t wait to share it with you all.
Thus endeth Blog 2.
Thank you for reading.