The Wheels Are Spinning

In my previous post I mentioned I was starting to toy with the idea of taking part in the NaNoWriMo.

I’ve been warming up to the idea all day. I may just go for it, even if it’s not really my thing.

There are few things that are as stimulating as starting up a new story. I dragged up an old idea I’ve been kicking around for a while and decided to see what I could do about it.

It’s roughly based on this song.

So far I don’t actually have a story, but I have a starting point, a setting, a conflict of sorts, and a main character. I also have a very clear feeling for what kind of mood I’m going for.

It’s dark.

It’s cold.

It’s mean.

This will not be a children’s story.

Okay, so here’s the idea…

Story Concept

The story takes place in a small fishing village on the cost of the great northern sea. It starts on the last day of autumn. It’s the last day the fishermen can go out in their boats to fish (I need to come up with a good reason why).

The villagers that aren’t out to sea gather atop a cliff overlooking the bay and there they light a great bonfire to guide the fishermen back to the safety of the harbour (this is probably just symbolic these days but may have a deeper meaning/purpose).

At the end of the day all of the boats find their way back to land except for one. A boat missing is not unheard of, but also not common. It doesn’t happen every year, but it’s always a bad omen (elaborate on this).

It is especially bad for Kala. The missing boat contained all that remained of her family (mother and/or father, maybe some brother/sister/uncle/aunt, and possibly her fiancee) and she’s now orphaned and alone in the world.

So, Kala is alone (I think that’ll be the title of the story by the way).

The story will be about her struggle to make a place for herself in her village/community.

Kala needs to prove to her village that she can contribute to community in a meaningful way, and that she’s not a burden on them. If she does not contribute to the community she becomes a burden and she is no longer welcome in the village and her home and other possessions will be taken over by the village.

Because reasons (make something up) the village can not cast her out until after the new fishing season begins. It may be a bad omen to cast someone out during winter, or she may have a certain time to prove herself.

If Kala has not made herself useful before the end of winter she will be cast out.

Questions:

  • What does it mean to be useful to the village and contribute to the community?
  • What is Kala good at?
  • What does she want to do?
  • Why wasn’t she on the boat?

Those are the major questions at the moment. Some are easier than others to come up with answers to.

I also have a final twist that I’m toying with: The story will be about Kala, but it will not be from her point of view. Instead I’ll tell the story through the various villagers. They will have different opinions about her and they will have different interpretations about what she’s doing, or ought to do. They can also be wrong about things.

At the moment, that is probably going to be the most difficult thing to pull off, but I want to give it a go, because I really like the idea.

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The Wheels Are Spinning

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