Rebooting The Novel Redux


by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

Every once in a while I have existential issues with the novel that give me pause for thought. So, here I am again. I’ve decided to throw myself into reading until around election day.

The reason why I’m going to continue with this specific novel concept is the problems I have with it, I would have with any novel. I have a real problem with character development. Why throw this novel out after two years when I can spend about a week read and get back at it?

Also, the result of the election is going to play a big part in what happens to this novel. If Trump loses, then I keep the novel set where it currently is. If he wins, then I take a shot of tequila and think seriously about pushing it forward a year so it opens just before the election in 2020.

And, yet, maybe not. I might keep it in the “before times” for no other reason than the pandemic simply is an added element to the story that would cause me to lose focus.

So, it’s possible, I might keep it set when it is, but the context would be significantly re-imagined.

But the issue at hand is reading. I know this is a great concept and I’m going to push forward. If something happens out of my control that makes this specific novel moot, then I can use all the hard work I’ve done over the last two years to throw myself into a new novel.

I have a lot to say, it’s just a matter of how I’m going to say it. I have a solid three novel / screenplay concepts in the back of my mind I can turn to after my sulking ends should the worst happen.

Author: Shelton Bumgarner

I am the Editor & Publisher of The Trumplandia Report

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