Sphinx- Part 1
I thought it might be kind of cool to write how my writing process works for a story I am currently thinking about writing. Its not to say that this story will ever see the light of day, but it may be fun to look back and see how I went through the whole “figuring things out” to a final product.
About a month ago, as Bronze Raiders was finishing up its second draft, I began to think about what else I would like to write about. I had considered a few things—all of them historic in nature. I had been writing a story about Sargon of Akkad about six years ago and I thought maybe I’d go and pick that up again or perhaps I’d go back to one of the various other fantasy stories I have worked on over the years. I had also considered writing a story about Priam, Heracles, or the Amazons—all of which would be set in the same universe as Bronze Raiders.
I then did a little exercise. I wrote down as many historic periods that I could think of (Viking, Mayan, Greek, etc.). Next to them, on a scale of 1-10, I wrote my level of interest in each of those areas. Next to that, I wrote on a scale of 1-10 what I thought people’s interest in those areas were and would be willing to read about. I then added up the numbers for both. The two highest were Greece and Egypt. I figured, well, I just wrote a story that was Greek, why not do an Egyptian one?
My first inclination was that I would write a story about Memnon and keep the story within the same universe as Bronze Raiders. I had a few passing ideas about Memnon over the last couple of years. For those that don’t know, Memnon was a hero in the Trojan War who came from Ethiopia. I thought I could weave in that he had grown up in Egypt. I could write about one of his adventures before the Trojan War—similar for what I had done with Hektor.
As I thought about what I knew about Memnon, I thought about what he would have been like growing up—how he had become this great warrior. I knew he had a brother who was later killed by Heracles. I wondrered what type of warrior he must have been compared to his brother. I like my stories to have a spin on them. I thought maybe Memnon hadn’t started off as a warrior. Maybe he was something else. Perhaps it was his brother that was the warrior and Memnon sort of grew into it after his brother died. I wondered if there was another spin I could put on it. What if Memnon was actually a woman? That changed the whole characteristic of the story. But I thought, you know, I don’t really want to write about a warrior woman—I plan on writing about the amazons someday and I don’t want to cover that. Besides, women warriors have been overly done. Still, this whole idea of writing from the point of view of a woman intrigues me and it has stayed with me for the last couple of weeks.
Right now, I am leaning towards making the woman magical instead of a warrior. Maybe she’s immortal, or near immortal. Perhaps she is the basis for the mythical sphinx and is a protector of Egypt. I think that sounds kind of cool. I thought perhaps she would see people come and go and how that would effect her. I keep thinking of the title “Sphinx.” I’ve also thought about making the story take place over a hundred years. I have a fascination of how things change from generation from generation but in many ways don’t change all. What happens in the story? I don’t know.
So, you can see now how my processes kind of goes with this story. Will I keep going on this path or will I go on to something else? I’ve got other ideas that I could run with—for instance over the last few days, I thought about doing a steam punk story—a Victorian style Batman or James Bond maybe. But right now, the Sphinx idea is something that sounds like something I could have fun with. Who knows?
I’ll post from time to time about how my thought process goes with this story.
This entry was posted on April 4, 2011 by danbracewell. It was filed under My Manuscripts, Sphinx and was tagged with aspiring author, author, begginer writing, Egypt, Fantasty fiction, Sphinx, writer, writing, writing fantasy, writing fiction.