The next big thing is about my writing and where it is going next.
I was tagged by the warm, wise and witty Polly over at http://caughtwriting.co.uk
The idea of the project is this: you write about your Next Big Thing, using the questions below, and then pass the torch onto other writers and bloggers who would like to take part.
I have two projects whirring around in my brain. One is a novel and the other is to do with bringing my late Dad’s writings to a an audience.
What is the working title of the project?
His and Hers for the novel
Captain’s Quarters for Dad’s writings.
Where did the idea come from?
I have various parts of the novel written but I have recently revisited what I want to do. Rather than just look at the lives of women in the 21st century where we were promised much but struggle to achieve it, I now want to look at the impact of all this on men too.
Dad wrote his memoirs for 30 years and only told me about them 3 years ago when my mum died. It seems such a shame to keep them under wraps for my eyes only. There is such detail particularly about life in the Navy in the forties and life in the Police Force in the forties and fifties.
What genre does the project fall under?
Genre? One of those posh words like strategy that I struggle with.
Comedic drama for the novel.
Memoir/Historical reference for Dad’s works.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This is a difficult one. It is tough to not just pick your favourite actresses who for me are folks like Shirley Maclaine, Bette Midler and John Hurt.
Funnily enough and knowing bloggers better than I do actors, I can envisage some of my blogger friends in the main roles.
I would love John Hurt to act as my Dad in his latter years looking back on a life well lived. I would need a good-looking darked haired actor to play Dad in his younger days. Might give Robbie Williams his debut and kill two birds with one stone.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your project?
A novel that manages to pull off showing the ways both men and women struggle to adapt to the 21st century whilst facing the age-old gender differences and battles.
Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?
Offers welcome! I am the next big thing!
How long will it take to write the first draft?
I am making the commitment to this properly. I think 6 months is realistic for the novel.
Dad’s memoirs can be written up as a blog I guess. What do you think? Would people be interested in something like that? Who would it appeal to?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I have forgotten the name of the book but Maeve Harran wrote books that told the truth about relationships and adapting to new times.
I guess Dad’s would be similar but better than Heartbeat. On the Naval stuff, the detail is amazing so I can see it being a good reference materials to educators.
Who or what inspired you to write?
I probably see Mr Cooper my teacher as the first person who made me realise ordinary folks can write real books. He had us all writing novels when we were about 10 years old. I seem to remember mine was a murder mystery. Perhaps I could incorporate that in a modern tale of couples coming to terms with the 21st century and each other!
My Mum told me to keep a diary which is how my blogging started back in 2009. So my writings will always be her legacy.
Dad dying has reminded me of the brevity of life and that the time to write is now.
A psychic told me in 2009 that my great-grandmother wanted to write and was prevented by her era from doing so and that she just wants me to bloody get on with it.
What else about your project might pique the readers’ interest?
I guess if you like my blog, you might like to read my fiction too. What do you think? I’ll include a chapter on Sexy shades of flanelette if that helps.
On Dad’s memoirs, any one with an interest in the military, travel or history would be fascinated I am sure.
I am supposed to tag others and will do so later today after a bit of research as to who wants to write their next big thing.