I Think I’ll Write a Novel

The way I pick a writing project is something like making myself a bet.   You know, ‘I bet you can’t write…

a detective story

a romance

a science fiction story

a children’s book.

A good way to exercise.  A good way to come up with a 3,000 word something or other.  But no way to write a novel.  What I need to do is set out in the very beginning to write a epic novel.  Like Ken Follett.  Pillars of the Earth.  Fall of Giants.

But I don’t want to be constricted by history.  I don’t want to do the research.  It could be like history but a need a different time, a different setting.  Something like…

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Yeah, that’s it.  It could be about this big evil empire and a rag tag band of rebels who are trying to defeat them.  There would be space ships and androids and cool swords that look like a column of light.  And there could be this space station about the size of a small moon that had enough power to blow up a whole planet.

That’s the ticket.  Something completely new and original.

No, no.  Forget it.  That’s crazy.  Nobody would buy it.

Maybe a story about this professor of archeology who is really an adventurer and seeker of lost artifacts.  And one day these government people come to him and…


About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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2 Responses to I Think I’ll Write a Novel

  1. That’s a new way of looking at it… so fantasy is the genre where lazy writers create whole worlds and galaxies from scratch because they are lazy to do some research about the actual things.

  2. Angus Lewis says:

    No, I don’t think fantasy and scifi writers are lazy. I think I’m lazy. Really I was just being facetious.
    Scifi and fantasy at its best makes me look at society or, better yet, at me in a new light by taking away the usual, the mundane or our lives.

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