Saturday, 25 April 2009

Unknown Genre

Okay, so this blog is going to be dedicated to the novel I'm currently working on, titled 'Family Portrait'. It's currently at around 80,000 words (which is about 265 A5 pages) and is hopefully on its way to completion. I plan to write a sequel as soon as I'm finished writing and editing this one because, even if it never gets published, I love writing it!

A little background to the story, why I'm writing it and why there's going to be a sequel: firstly, the whole story stemmed from a roleplay site I was on. Whilst the names, storylines and characteristics have changed, the idea of the Kingsley family (who are the main family of the story) grew from my roleplaying days - a great way, in my opinion, for a book to start. Think about it: you get to play the characters you end up writing about, and so you know everything about them, and how they would react to any situation. You've also created a backstory for them. Perfect! I'm writing it because I love writing; I started it a couple of years ago, but have written the bulk of it this year: at the beginning of this year (when I made it my New Years' Resolution to finish it - the first New Years' Resolution I've EVER been on track to keeping!) the novel was around 20,000 words. I'm pretty pleased with fitting 60k in around work, school and homework! And the reason for the sequel? I have too many ideas! I planned out how the novel would go, and soon realised it would be an epic, not a novel, if I decided to cram it all into one book. Hence, there will now be more than one. Although I have no idea for the next one's title. Yet.

I'm going to do a whole blog post on the premise of the book, and the blurb for it, so I won't here, I'll just give you the tag line: "Are the Kingsleys ready for Mary-Ann Mendora? More importantly, is she ready for them?" I haven't a clue yet what genre it would be classed as, other than Young Adult (YA). Still working on how to class it...

So, I'm writing for the hell of it, but I am planning on trying to get it published once I'm done - afterall, after all that work, I might as well give it a go! I'm not going to spend too long on here now because I want to get back to the novel - but this blog is really a form of procrastination for me. I procrastinate a lot. Or think of it as a cure for writers' block!

Oh, and who am I? I'm Becky, and I'm 17 - but I want this blog to be all about the book, so for my actual life (what I have of one after going to school, work, doing essays/revision and writing a novel!) if you're at all interested, check out my other blog.


  1. I'm intrigued about your novel :) I look forward to finding out more about it and hearing about your progress on it.

    Moll x x

  2. Thanks =] My loyal blog-follower :) xxxx