90 Day Writing Challenge – Week Two Summary

by E.V. Jacob on April 4, 2014

OK, so this week was more productive than last week, at least.

I finished the formatting work on the book that was wearing on me—details like that completely derail me (I know it’s a bad habit, but hey, it’s what happens).

I started with two big new clients this week, so writing was minimal, but it did happen, and that’s what counts.

I’m figuring out what my characters’ last names are (and a few names that needed updating), and working out some of the technical terms that’ll be used in the book.  This might not seem like it would take a ton of research, but in this case, it takes TONS.  And I can’t tell you why.  Because spoilers.  And also because I don’t really know what I’m doing and I’m trying to keep up the semblance of control.

I’m definitely taking too long to do this, but the fact is, the story’s already written—these little details are what I need to work on now, as a lot of the progress of the book and editing it properly will revolve around making sure details are in place.


So this week’s question was, “How did you get the idea for your story?” so here we go:

I really, really love dystopians.  I was all over 1984 and Brave New World as a teen, and V for Vendetta is still one of my favourite comics/movies of all time.

But I also really, really love superheroes.  I grew up on X-Men, and have always been fascinated by the idea of all sorts of different powers showing up in people.

This book started mostly as a basic dystopian, but it quickly evolved into much, much more.  When I originally came up with the idea—almost eight years ago—it came to me in a flash:  I knew the characters I wanted to write, their families, their histories, and the world they lived in.

But I didn’t trust myself to write it at that point.  I was sixteen at the time, and I knew I just didn’t have the kind of skill necessary to do it justice.  I put it up on the shelf, so to speak, with a couple other projects that are just too damn special to me to ruin.

But I was never able to shake it.  This book is close to my heart.  It’s my baby, and it’s incredibly dear to me.  And I couldn’t stop thinking about it—about the story lines and the characters.

So over the years, I wrote and rewrote it about three times.  Those original drafts have been almost completely scrapped—the ideas in them were pretty awful—but the character development was fantastic.

Writing these characters is so natural to me, and to be honest, I think I’m writing this book more to be with my kids (the main characters) than anything else.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the story—I just love the kids more.

I have an Evernote notebook dedicated to this story, and it is FULL of scenes, some of which will be scattered throughout the books (there will be five), others of which are just for me to explore my characters.

I’ve transferred everything in to Evernote now, but originally the notes were everywhere—in my phone, in my computer, on little sticky notes around my room and in my binders…

Basically, for the last eight years, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this series.  These characters.

Last year, I finally said, “Hell with it, I need to write it.”  This book has been trying to break out of me for almost a decade and now it’s time for me to let it out.

And maybe—just maybe—I can write it as well as it deserves to be written.

And that is the origin of this book.

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