They say nobody actually owns a cat. In reality, if you have a cat for a pet, the cat owns you, not vice versa.
I wonder if the same thing could be said of fiction. Do we own our stories, or do they own us?
Those of you who read this blog regularly know that I’ve been working for most of the past year on a series of novellas called Fancy. The first five novellas are currently on sale. Click here for more information or to learn how to purchase them.
Volume six is being edited as you read this and will go on sale next month. I’ll try not to keep it a secret when it is published.
All this time, I’ve been telling you there would be a total of eight volumes in the series, which would leave two more to be written. This is where the cat analogy comes into play.
As I started working on volume seven, it began to talk back to me. It said, “I’m not a volume all by myself, and neither is number eight.”
Of course, I pointed out that I’m the author and it’s my story. I’ll write as many volumes as I want.
That’s when it reared its ugly head and said, “Wanna bet?” Then it enlisted my computer in its little conspiracy. All of a sudden, I couldn’t get the computer to accept my ideas for text and put them into print. It just balked.
In desperation, I decided to listen to what my story was trying to tell me. It said in very plain language, loud and clear, that volumes seven and eight needed to be combined into one volume with the two stories told in parallel.
After much argument, I threw up my hands. I would have thrown in the towel, but I didn’t have one handy. Anyhow, I acceded to the demands of the story and agreed to combine the two volumes into Fancy: The Final Chapter.
Since I agreed to that, I’ve finally been able to move forward once again. The original schedule would have seen volume seven published in August and volume eight in October. I now suspect the final volume to be published in September.
How have your stories rebelled and taken over your computer? Have they actually held you hostage? My readers would love to hear your experiences.
We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.
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