Today I have been completely immersed in my novel. That’s right, Mr. Inspirational Non-Fiction is writing a novel.
The story is actually finished, in terms of plot and outline and first draft. Now I’m re-writing (for the third time), fleshing out some of the scenes, fact-checking, and tightening the prose.
My dilemma at this point is that of audience. When I was a teacher, I used to read aloud to my students, and – invariably – I found myself dreaming about a Newbery winning book with my name on the cover. (A Newbery Medal citation comes from the American Library Association for, “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children”). I know that sounds far-fetched, but dreaming is a huge part of writing – and why write at all unless I intend to write the best?
As a literature consumer, I understand that if a book is a good read for children – in this case it would be young adults – then it also needs to be a great read for anyone. My story is about the adventures of a 15-year-old boy living on the south coast, in World War Two England; but I’m hoping it captures the attention of readers from ten to one hundred and ten.
I’m not sure how much more I can/should say about the story in this post, other than that I’m placing it in parts of England I know well, that I love deeply, and that I want my readers to appreciate too.
- Every historical fact in my novel is accurate (the story covers the days before Dunkirk and the summer thereafter);
- Everything that happens reflects the experiences of real people in real places, caught up in the crisis of real war.
If you are at all interested in this project, let me know and I’ll make sure to post the details just as soon as my novel is available.