Current Project: young adult novel

I’ve been working on my current project for almost a decade. Not full time; sometimes I’ve abandoned it for months. But it keeps calling me back. The voice has gotten stronger. I realize this is the hardest and scariest creative project I’ve taken on. I don’t know if I can do this. I may lack the necessary skills. I wanted to build the world from scratch, as much as is possible. That meant creating a language or two, topography, climate, a history, a pre-history, cultural values, fairy tales, myths, characters, plot lines... it makes my head spin.

And then, assuming I can complete this monumental feat, I’ll still need to find a way to share it with the world, and do it in a way I feel good about.

During this past uncertain year, my other interests have waned. Yet even on the most discouraging of days, I still created a few words in the new language, envisioned how the people in that world lived, or listened in my mind to a conversation between two of the characters. It’s time for me to give this project the focus and time it needs to manifest. I hope that it will not be too long before I can say, “Welcome to my world.”

 

~alexis
May 10, 2021

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