This is where all of my secret, precious WIPs will live on the blog. But before I reveal anything about them, I want to explain something.
My stories are dark. This is probably related to the fact that most of my stories are heavily influenced by the dystopian genre, but it’s deeper than that. I write stories with mature and dark elements, as well as themes: Death, grief, and hopelessness being some of the ones that stick out.
My stories are about people who fight because they don’t know what else to do. My characters often come from dark places and carry many, many scars. I purposely make my characters very flawed because that’s reality. People don’t go on adventures and journeys and arrive at their destination completely unscathed. That would be ridiculous. Real people have a past that’s riddled with mistakes and wounds and baggage. So my characters do too.
But just as there is darkness, there is also light. Yes, my stories are dark and have a lot of heavy themes. But that darkness is done with intention and purpose. I show the darkness so that the light means something. I don’t just give my character grief so that she can ache; I give her grief so that she can discover to truly appreciate life. I don’t give my character an abusive home because I want her to suffer; I give her an abusive home to show how beautiful that moment is when she sees what loves looks like for the first time. I don’t give my character the loss of their loved one because death=shock value; I give him the loss of his loved one because it shows why he fights back so hard later in the story.
I write dark stories because sometimes it’s the darkest stories that turn out to truly change people…to make people think…to show people that stories really do matter.
I write dark stories because it’s during the darkest of nights that the stars shine the brightest.
I know, it’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. Because they were holding on to something.
What are we holding on to, Sam?
That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.Samwise Gamgee and frodo baggins, The Lord Of the rings: the two towers
Genre: Dystopian thriller + intense romance + dark, but hopeful undertones
Currently: An unfinished first draft
Genre: Historical fantasy + medieval warfare + innocent first love
Currently: A completed first draft that is awaiting editing.
Genre: Contemporary + summer love + painful lessons
Currently: A first draft is being written during the summer of 2019
Which novel are you the most pumped about? What stories are you working on? Let’s spread some writer encouragement and inspiration for all of the writers who are determined to take on such a daunting challenge!