So the first of the new projects that I’m planning is a new short story that I’m calling Project Sea for the moment. It is in “preproduction” stage throughout the month of January. I have a small book that I’m reading in addition to try to gain the requisite knowledge for it as it involves sailing vessels, pirates, and voyages on the high seas. I’m not a sailor, nor am I a sailing person, but I would like to get the nautical usage correct. I’m a fan of Robert Silverberg and if I remember correctly, the first book of Silverberg’s Valentine novels (Lord Valentine’s Castle) featured an extended voyage at sea with a cast motley characters. This is what I’m looking for in this project.
I don’t want to go too into detail or depth so as 1) not to reveal, but 2) also not to write away the surprise of the first rough draft when I finally get to writing it at the end of the month. Right now, I’m focusing on characters, their motivations, and (surprisingly) plot as this is one of the few stories where the action of what happens is nebulous for me. Right now, I only have the world really clear in my mind and I’m trying to flesh out some of why the world works as it does and the characters that inhabit this world.
My ultimate goal is to have characters (goals, motivations, character change), plot (beginning, middle, end) and setting (why does the world look/act as it does) planned through January and write a 1 or 2 page Rough Draft during the last couple of days of January. I then plan on putting it away for a while and pull it out again later in the year to Revise into a “Working Draft.”
Below is the trailer to Skull and Bones, a new game from Ubisoft coming later in 2018 that is a partial inspiration to this project. It really only inspired one potential character, but it does also give a visual sense of what I’m trying to achieve in my story.
That’s all for today. I hope you have a great day!