I’m reading an amazing book, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It’s challenging, each section is a different time period, some with their own hard-to-follow dialect. It purports to be a novel about how our souls interweave through time.
Floating in the pool this morning, worrying about my life, I had an idea for a new story. Create a character who is a future self, one who has the advantage of my experience but is young and driven. Let her have an inner guide that is a thinly veiled version of me: a bit world-weary, a bit wise. Maybe several inner guides, drawing on ancestors and friends, even historical figures.
It’s embryonic, I know. But I will need a good concept for a novel come October, because I am determined to tackle NaNoWriMo again!!
What are you reading? And how is it helping you as a writer?