I’m Starting a New Novel

Five words that, to a writer, are like saying “I’m jumping off a cliff now and I hope there is somewhere soft to land”  Ah, but it doesn’t always happen that way.

Since November of 2007 until this day, I have written three novels.  two were initated through NaNoWriMo.  Many of you are familiar with this international inline writing event in which the sole goal is to write a 50,000 word novel within 30 days.  Form, style, or coherence don’t count nor do they matter.  A fixed word count is to be reached and/or exceeded. 

The first time, I didn’t even re-read the piece until three months later, at which point I got down to some serious editing, chopping, clipping, re-structuring, etc.

This time, however, I am venturing into a constructed novel with a theme and not placing any time constraints on myself.  I am also stepping outside of the genre of mystery/suspense of which I most comfortable.

Plot:  A man loses his wife to ovarian cancer and looks to re-evaluate his life.  Having always enjoyed vacations with his wife in which they drove to various parts of the country, he embarks upon a journey over what was known as the Lincoln Highway, from Times Square to San Francisco.  His children think he is crazy for doing this but there is a purpose to the journey.

Themes: The eternal bond of Love will permeate the piece as his new adventures cause him to recall events from the past.  The greatness of America, small-town and big city alike will be explored.  there will be an element of a Travelogue about it.  And the idea of the Adventurer, the men and women who for centuries before Modern Civilization saw things new and fresh, for the first time by human eyes, and respected the purity of it

At the age of 47, it is perhaps too early to write such a piece that is reflective of an entire life.  But these themes (some of which are found in “The Four Quartets” by T.S. Eliot) have always been akin to me.  And it is, after all, a worthy venture.



  1. jenniferneri said,

    June 4, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Age is no limitation, tikiman. Good for you, stepping outside of your comfort zone. I do the same with shorts. It sounds like an emotional journey, this novel you aim to write. All the best with it. Seems great!


  2. jenniferneri said,

    June 5, 2009 at 6:55 am

    By the way, as a side note – I wrote a short story once about a young writer at a writer’s group, feeling that she was too young to have anything of consequence to write, surrounded by other writer’s with full lives experiences stored within them.


    • tikiman1962 said,

      June 6, 2009 at 11:05 am

      I’ve just finished reading Michael Chabon’s “Wonder Boys”. Again, the concept of writers writing about writers young and old, the process, the pitfalls, the hopes and dreams. Comes across as less about the successes (professional or financial) and more about what being a writer can be about.


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