Well, one day down for NaNoWriMo, 2018. The novel I’m working on is one I wrote some idea notes for years ago, and never did anything with it. It’s not a bad premise, maybe it’s even a good one.
For nine years (well, on and off), I have entered the NaNoWriMo writing game. For those who have yet to be initiated into the online writer’s world, that stands for “National Novel Writing Month.” For many years now, NaNoWriMo.org has challenged writers to draft a novel during the month of November. The goal is 50,000 words.
This morning, as I was feeding pets and cleaning the guinea pig cage with “Unwell” playing in my brain, I began thinking about many of the iconic characters of fiction. I ran a number of old favorite heroes (and a few villains) through my head. Many of the best authors, to create rich and relatable characters, use the madness worm in ways that hook the reader in.
We had a visitor last night, and not a welcome one. However, I’m determined to find a way to use this scene in a story.
Black dogs. They have held a place in the human psyche throughout history. In some cultures, they were demonic, beings to be avoided. They were omens of death and evil. The most famous literary depiction of this black dog as evil concept is probably Conan-Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles. Well, the most famous, that is, until J.K. Rowling capitalized on the concept with Harry Potter’s “Grim”.
How about you? Who are your favorite mystery writers? They can be ancient, classic or modern. They can be well known or (probably even more fun) obscure. What books or stories turned you on to them? What about their writing inspires you to create? If you’re not a writer yourself, what inspires you, period?