Birth of a novel (New Project!)

One of the best things about being a writer is that new project ideas can manifest at any moment.

I was having a non-writing conversation with one of my writer buddies over the weekend. It involved enumerating the virtues of Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Renner. (Both physical attributes as well as acting abilities. I mean, we’re not completely shallow.) We decided, during this conversation, that these two fine specimens of the human species wonderful actors needed to star in a western together. As gunslingers.

Ladies, let’s take a moment to appreciate this vision. Sigh.

Then, we proceeded to cast the entire movie. The main female antagonist would be played by Charlize Theron. Fellas, you may take this time to appreciate that vision.

And somehow we added Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood and Christian Kane to the cast. We were a little over enthusiastic about this scenario, as you can probably tell. We had plotted the rising action of the movie by this point.

“Should we be writing this down? I feel like we should be writing this down,” I said. My friend nodded vigorously.

We spent the next two hours plotting the whole story, with me jotting notes haphazardly in a notebook. Screw Hollywood, we’re going to write this our own damn selves.

And that, dear readers, is one of the ways a novel is born. Drool-fest to idea factory. BOOM.

Speaking of which, how much do you all know about the American old west in 1883?


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