Over the last three weeks I have been trying to get some serious writing done for my main project – the epic / traditional fantasy idea. When I say trying, I mean staring at the screen wondering why nothing was happening. It is for that reason I started looking at my old Flipping Out blog, which was a lighter affair, resulting in the recent (attempts at) humour. After revisiting these old posts, and looking at news articles relating to the sorry state of Northern Ireland’s political affairs, I had a eureka moment and an entirely new idea for a story was born.
I don’t want to say anything too much, but this idea is directly influenced by the sit-com situation Northern Ireland has found itself in. As George R.R. Martin was influenced by the Wars of the Roses, I find myself being influenced by the Northern Ireland Executive, and the ludicrous situations it has led to in this country.
What I will say is that;
- The story is a comedy, set in a fantasy world. Probably something akin to Discworld or Xanth (neither of which I have actually read)
- It will be self contained, but set up the possibilities of further stories in the world, again, akin to the aforementioned popular works
- The working title is Of Gods and Onions.
Why the switch?
Simple, really. In the space of two days I had written more of this comic fantasy than I had in months of trying with the traditional one. Everything flowed; from the world building, to the now completed prologue, albeit obviously still in draft format. I just seemed to enjoy writing nonsense more than the incredibly heavy work I was trying to do. Anyone who knows me, especially from back in ye olden days of school will know how much I love writing ridiculous stories.
This gives me a chance to explore the same themes, but lighter, allowing me to make fun of real life and lampoon writing tropes.
I’ll keep you updated!