Words on Wednesday: Curiouser & Curiouser

This week has been a very good week. Words were slow because I had to keep stopping to do research and collect inspiration, but some pretty exciting things happened.

I went past 10K!

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I figured out who my villain is. I won’t reveal who it is because SPOILER but what I can say is that I’m going to need to do some more brainstorming on them so I can figure out Very Important Information about them.

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Hoping to do that soon…

This is my last post before Christmas 2015, so I’d like to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Words on Wednesday: Curiouser & Curiouser

Words on Wednesday is going to be all about a part of the writing process as I do it, so look out for posts on drafting, revisions, and things in between and things that cover all of those thing

I’m going to change things up slightly, which means that introduction won’t be there anymore! Hopefully the title will be enough to say that for now, these Words on Wednesday posts are going to be about my current work in progress Curiouser & Curiouser. 

I started working on it a couple of weeks ago and let me tell you, there is nothing better as a writer then when a project makes you be all like:

excited-anna

As a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, I’m expecting a lot of magic and a lot of weirdness, but I’m also wanting to have a friendship thread in it.

MAGIC!

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The magic stuff, as expected, is easy, but the friendship stuff, because of the three POVs and three adventures in the book, is not so easy. And I’ve only just started writing it.

There’s also the slight problem of making sure that the world of Wonderland familiar but also different. While I was rereading the original book, I realised that it’s a lot shorter than I remember and not that complex, which means the world seems very simple. This is a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing because it means that I can be really imaginative with what I do about the world, but it’s a bad thing because I’m not sure what people expect and what rules there might be.

I’m hoping the project will continue to be fun and that I can finish it by Valentine’s Day with the same enthusiasm that I have now and a lot of words!

Words on Wednesday

Words on Wednesday is going to be all about a part of the writing process as I do it, so look out for posts on drafting, revisions, and things in between and things that cover all of those things.

Today I’m going to talk about retellings. More specifically about what I think is important when it comes to writing them. This is because my current Work in Progress, Curiouser & Curiouser is a retelling of the children’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 

With no further ado, here are the things that are important when it comes to writing a retelling:

What do you love?

With any retelling, whether it’s a retelling of a fairytale, a retelling of a myth or legend, or a retelling of a classic story, there has to be a reason behind why you chose to do a retelling of that particular story, a reason why you love that story and are drawn to write a retelling of it. Is it the characters? Is it the plot? Is it the setting? What do you love about it? For example, the reason why I was drawn to do a retelling of Cinderella is because I love the concept and the reason I was drawn to do a retelling of Alice in Wonderland is because of my love of the original story and how complex it could be.

What’s been done before?

With any classic story, myth or fairytale, there is always a very strong chance that it has been retold before, in a lot of cases, more than once, so look around. What’s been done before? With Cinderella retellings, there are a lot set in modern day. Alice in Wonderland retellings tend to be dark. Find out what’s been done before so you can make your retelling as different as possible.

What do you want?

What do you want from a retelling? Do you want a different setting? Different characters? Different POV? With my Cinderella retelling I decided that  I wanted it to be from the POV of the fairy godmother and with my Alice in Wonderland retelling, I decided I wanted a friendship book.

There are my tips for writing a retelling. Have you got any?