Writing a Novel: Starting with a Question
Last Thor’s Day I mentioned I might post something about my own writing. How about where story ideas come from? Specifically, the idea for my novel STORM OF THE NORTH.
Let me start at the end. The end of Norse mythology, that is, at a time called Ragnarok when the Norse gods die in a terrible battle with their age-old enemies, the giants. The world is destroyed in a fiery struggle and then reborn. But the likes of Thor and Odin are no more. Just like that, our well of fantastical tales about ancient Norse heroes runs dry.
After reading the Ragnarok tale, I remember feeling a bit pissed. Perhaps cheated. I clearly remember the thought I had, in fact an exasperated question, which came to me that day, and it is from this question — this reaction — that STORM OF THE NORTH was born:
Is that all?
I tried to find novels that continued in the Norse tradition, but didn’t have much luck finding anything that rang true. So I began reading various re-tellings of the Norse myths, all the while daydreaming about what could be.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
If you’re interested, you can read an excerpt of my novel on the SOTN: The Book page, or you can go there by clicking here.
See ya Thor’s Day!