Sunday, February 24, 2008

My Latest Project

"First, find out what your hero wants. Then just follow him." ~Ray Bradbury

Yes, as I promised yesterday, I've made a decision about what book project I want to tackle next. It is...

...another "One Night" book - a 24-hour/24-chapter sort of deal.

Why, when I have so many other single title ideas floating in my brain? Well, I'm being optimistic and thinking writing career-wise here. I'd like to show either Samhain or an agent, should I be lucky enough to find one, that I can sustain the 24-hour novel idea over a few books. Agents and publishers like prolific authors, I've heard. I'd also like to get through this one [maybe] by the end of April, which would give me time to let it sit and then revise over the summer and submit by August, let's say. That also gives me the summer (which is when I'm not working, so more time) to work on another project from scratch, and I have a couple I'm toying with.

So this one is going to be set either in or close to San Francisco/Napa Valley. It's going to tell the story of Grant Walker, a journalist who gets the break of a lifetime while doing an otherwise straightforward interview, and the woman he meets, Kira March, whose entire life could be affected by the discovery he makes...

It's inspired to a certain degree by a famous Greek play, though I'm not telling you which one :) And I thought of this storyline almost 4 years ago, so I'm excited to actually begin writing it.

I wrote about 2000 words yesterday and was pleased with the start. Think I'll get myself one of those sidebar counters to keep track of my progress; it's always good to be accountable to someone, I think!

Here's my first line:

Grant Walker knew it was going to be a long day when he woke up and couldn't remember the name of the woman lying beside him.

What do you think??


Diane Craver said...

I love your first line. That's wonderful you wrote so much yesterday and got such a great start. I really like the story line, too. Good luck with it. And what fun you'll have writing a new book.

Dru said...

I love your first line.

Good luck with this story, it sounds wonderful.

windycindy said...

Hello Allie! What a great first line! I know you will do wonderfully. Best of luck with everything.....Cindi

Marianne Arkins said...

I have family in Napa, and famiy in San Francisco, and grew up in the general area (though I'm sure it's changed quite a bit)... so if you need help, let me know.

And... One Night In Napa? One Night in Calistoga (the have the BEST health spas there)? One Night In Gilroy (they could hang at the garlic festival)?

Now I'm being silly. I'm excited for you!

Anonymous said...

great first line
love the setting too and so far sounds intriguing Liz