Saturday, October 15, 2005

TWQ: Your First Novel

The Weekend Question (TWQ) this week takes a literary slant:

You are about to write your first novel. What will the title be? What is the basic plot outline? Name two or three characters.

Here is mine:

If I were to write one, it would be called something like 'Lucy Parkinson's Revenge'. It would be set in the English Regency period, with a woman cheated out of her inheritance by her relatives. Lucy, who is mad, kills off her family one by one to get the title and to run 'Savannah', which is the estate. Aside from Lucy Parkinson, there would be Sir Giles Parkinson, who runs 'Savannah', Christina Parkinson, Lucy's cousin, who is the only person who sees what is going on and Lockley, the gamekeeper who plans secretly to burn down Savannah.

Now it's over to you...

39 comments:

choccycherry said...

Here from Michele's. I'm not a writer I'm afraid but you have great ideas.

mar said...

Can't write either, but I am into romance today, it's a weekend thing... so I would write about a couple meeting under odd circumstances and having to overcome tremendous difficulties (family enemies, maybe a hidden relationship, a mean illnes, you name it) but it would definetely have a happy end...:D Michele sent me! have a great weekend!

Karen said...

Hi Jean-Luc. Here via Michele's! Happy Saturday!

panthergirl said...

Mine would be called "The House of Good Shepherd", and it's about two sisters, sent to live in a "home for wayward girls" by their widower-father. They encounter Sister Benedicta, a curiously kind nun who turns out to be a guy.

Wow. I just made this up! Thanks!

Here via Michele...

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

I love lucy, but where's the spaceship fit into Regency England?
Here via Michele

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i am so not a writer, wish i was.
i'd publish a couple of cook books, one on making jams and jellies and one of blender drinks, best i can do!

Haris said...

I actually really thought about writting one of these and have started one a couple of times but then I came to believe that somhow God doesnt want me to be in this line of work.
It woudl be called. The Rise Of The Terran Empire. The basic premise is that unbenown to teh people of Earth some humans that got outside of the solar system have setablished a small kingdom/fledgling empire in their name. They travel to space by downloading their brain into a compiuter and sort of email themselves to a new body that is waiting for them. They control huge AI armies that are obidient and not all rebelious. The story revolves around an individual whose brain was accidentially scanned and transmitted instead of the brain of the great leader of these forces who died either as sabotage or natural causes. The individual without showing outward weakness must face and lead the empire agains the greatest threat that the young empire has ever known, a battle if they win which will establish the Terran Empire at teh premier force of thir part of the galaxy.
Please note that I have not had in my chance a lot of opportunity to read scifi and have not read to this day dune or nStarship Troopers and the like so if this idea sounds foolish or plagiarised rest asured that it was not my attention. I would be really gratefull if you pointed me out to it. I hope to soon reda up on all thsoe clasics and some modern ones. Suggestions I woudl again be extremely gratefull for. E-mail me at harishasic@yahoo.com. Thanks!

colleen said...

I guess I like memoirs and non-fiction better.

Yes, there was an echo chamber over at michele's. It wasn't just you. It seems to be shut down now. Sort of a traffic jam? I'll be thinking further about your question while I eat breakfast!

kristal said...

Oh, man. It is WAY to early to think about assignments. I'll have to come back after I've had my coffee.

Kross-Eyed Kitty said...

Oh jeez...I just woke up, have not even finished my first cup of Java. I would love to be a writer of travel destinations. Either that, or write a soap opera...wouldn't it be fun to screw up other people's lives?!

Kross-Eyed Kitty said...

oh! here via Michele's!

Rebecca said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping at my "place"! Fun post you started here....

Actually - I wrote my first novel when I was 12.It was 13 chapters long, and it was called "Leather and Lace". It was about an all boys "gang" , and an all girls "gang" and their intertwined romances, and fierce protection of one another. I was in my "Outsiders" phase at that time, so it was a strong influence!

Ciera said...

This isn't a fair question.

I've written two so far. My first one was a Star Wars novel and by the time I got it finished...the new books started coming out and they stole all my ideas. I don't remember what I called it.

Since then I have written a novel called, "Dominions of Darkness" and despite the name it is a Romance novel. It follows the meeting of Craig and Angela and how a fragile friendship forms, which of course want to turn into something more but they are both scared out of their minds to pursue those emotions. Both have had traumatic experiences that cause those fears ... and they've also been in denial and anger and all that since those events happened in their lives. the idea is to show that no matter what has happened to us, God still heals, that there is hope...and love. For the different things that have happened Angela blames herself, and Craig blames God. Of course there is some family intrigue...Angela was stolen/adopted and never told..she overheard the conversation. And it ends with a "to be continued" as I have Angela be kidnapped at the end [this is after they have decided to be married]. I haven't written the second one yet.

It's not a fluff read. It deals with intense emotions and situations.

Jen said...

I like your ideas, have you been working on them a long time or did you come up with them just this morning?

I think I would like to write a horror novel. The problem is, I don't really write fiction very well, and there are so many many many BAD horror novels out there that I just don't want to start.

Hmmmmmm. I will think about it.

Helen Louise said...

Aah, I started a novel about a sorcerer's apprentice. Original, I know. I haven't written any for about five years (!) but as my longest novel beginning I'll tell you about it: It doesn't have a name but "The Enchantress of Sedriah" might work. The main character is a girl called Lu'sha (yes, really) who is just a bit based on me and is learning to be a wizard/enchantress/sorceress. Or something, I haven't got the terminology sorted yet. I tend towards 'magician' for some reason.

She's sixteen/seventeen, and she lives in an eccentric country called Sedriah which has a very advanced civilisation with equality between the sexes and democracy but is afflicted with extreme xenophobia thanks to the fact that they rose up from their foreign oppressors 1000 years before and still think that anyone with a Sedrian ancestry less than 1000 years old is probably inherently corrupt. Lu'sha has to travel to neighbouring Ganirria to get lessons in magic from a misogynistic wizard called Hannarius. She has to do a lot of growing up and meets some other wizards, including the chief dude, Syren Peleras. He is very mysterious but is convinced that Lu'sha is actually a very powerful wizard/enchantress/sorceress/thing. Lu'sha turns out to be a telepath. Her childhood friend Am'li becomes a spy and a shape-shifter. There are mysterious elf-like-things. It goes very very slowly so I've written loads but she's only just turned seventeen and hasn't done much magic yet. It will probably never be finished but I'm kinda fond of it anyway :)

I'm also writing a story about a school for gifted children, but sadly not in the 'X-men' sense :)

nobody said...

Ooh, that's a hard one. I actually started one, it was about a girl who lived in the late 1800's and was an orphan, and her adopted parents beat her, and the community tried to help her. I didn't get very far on it though. I never finish writing stories!

Trinity13 said...

Good question...but I have no clue Capt! I've never thought about it since I'm not a good writer.

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

I've been working on a little murder mystery myself, you can read some of it "right here.

Professor Xavier said...

Title - Wake up Humanity, your days are numbered

Plot - Evolution steam rolls over Homo Sapiens

Characters - A dashing, charismatic mutant leader who happens to use a wheel chair, his outstanding personal army of super-mutants, and a bunch of hopelessly outclassed genetic dinasaurs.

puremood said...

I have *NO* clue but I'll make something up on the spot

What will the title be?

Book 1) Marriage with a Lot of Sex
Book 2) Panic Attacks: Not Just in Your Head

What is the basic plot outline?

Book 1) It's obvious LOL I'm married, 12 years strong... I get tired of hearing sex goes down the drain or stops with marriage. For me and my spouse it became more and better with each passing year and I think people have issues when they are married and NOT having sex. I think I could right a good bit on it.

Book 2)Having suffered from serious panic attacks and hearinf it's all in my head I'm attempt to share my story and let others know that it isn't just a qucik fix of thinking differently.

Name two or three characters.

Book 1) NooNoo and Coco
Book 2) Dr. Lee and Jami

Ha - how's that?

McSwain said...

My novel is top, top secret. ;) Thanks for visiting my place!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

So far, your entries have been wonderful. I had no idea you were all so literally minded.

Haris, Rebecca, Ciera, Helen Louise, Jon, Professor & PureMood, you have sent some excellent plots.

Yaeli said...

Ohhh that requires too much brain power for this time of night... at a stretch though it'd probably be some tacky b-grade bodice ripper.

Michele sent me.

utenzi said...

Michele sent me your way, Jean-Luc. Does your post have anything to do with the upcoming NaNoWriMo? I've been thinking of taking part in that though the thought of kicking out something like 1,600 words a day, every day, for a month is a little intimidating!

I'd probably write something of a mystery written in a cyber-punk voice. No idea about title or characters yet. I need to get my act together and do an outline so I'll be ready for the Nov 1 start!

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

Ok, I'm back via Michele's and a little less tired this time!
Title: Just a Second!
Plot: A family of three children constantly wait for their mother to do the things she says she is going to do, when she is going to do them and not in "just a second". Eventually the clever children turn the tables on the mother by answering - each time she asks them to do something - "just a second!". The mother dies of guilt and the kids get a nice foster family.
Principal characters: guess.

The story is, of course a work of fiction and bears no resemblance to any real characters, living or dead.

Because when I die of guilt my kids will stay with their dad, not go to a foster home, silly!

mar said...

Hi, Michele sent me again. You've got great comments here! Happy sunday!

TC said...

Mmmm, titles for my novel:

-Adventures in a Mixed-up Fairy Tale?
-Cinderella, life after the glass slipper?
-Life in the Fast Lane?

kenju said...

JLP, your book sounds like a bodice-ripper to me! I'll buy the first paper-back copy.

If I ever wrote a book, it would be a memoir about my early misadventures - and I have no title yet. Michele sent me.

yellojkt said...

It would be either Orson Scott Card style science fiction or Vonnegut imitation randomness. Too many people write better than me for me to dip my pen in the well.

Here from michele.

FuzzBuck Fuzz said...

A couple of links for you Jean-Luc:
Fools Fluke's

& the book stuff, ok, second sneaky preview I'll hand out:

-Pandora-

sshh - it's a secret ;)

Michele sent me.

melinama said...

Yeah, my agent wouldn't allow me to divulge ... Michele sent me.

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

I have thought of this question often, and when confronted with it, I seem to draw up a blank.

Probably, I would write some type of murder mystery, with forensics.

dddragon said...

I like stories where people from the future get stuck in the past. So I'd place the crew of the Enterprise in your story's Regency period, Captain, and see if they can win the day!

And have a few romances along the way, of course.

M. C. Pearson said...
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M. C. Pearson said...

I just wrote my first novel so this question was way too easy for me, Jean-Luc! Here is the title and the synopsis:

F.A.I.R.I.E.S.: Be Careful What You Wish For

The F.A.I.R.I.E.S. (Fantastical, Aerial, International, Reasonably Inconspicuous, Emancipation Squads) are in need of a fresh recruit. They decide to try a new recipe: Ingredients for a Chosen F.A.I.R.I.E. Squadmember: Take one spoiled and bitter twelve-year-old, have her run away after being teased by her three older sisters, mix with various fantastical beings that worship the Light of the One true God, throw in a few Dragons, pinch in some evil Imps and have a Witch who serves the Dark One stir it all up, roll in a quest to free beings that are enslaved in Darkness, bake in a fiery battle with spiritual hosts of wickedness, and the twelve-year-old might just learn how to use the full armor of the Light to turn her selfishness into love.

MommaK said...

I like yours but mine would suck. It would start with why I am awful at writing and go down from there ;-)

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Wonderful plots, everybody! You have excellent imaginations. If my book ever comes out, you may all have signed copies.

Moira said...

Very intersting..You all really get into this star trek stuff.Have fun.
Hugs
Moira

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