Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Writing in an ever expanding universe


It often amazes me just how much space there is inside my head. [That didn't come out exactly right...] What I mean is - the universes I create to play in seem to be infinite, just like our own universe, even when all I can see at certain times is just a small part of the whole.


What am I talking about? I'm rambling as usual. This little monologue stems from a request from one of my publishers recently to expand a story I submitted. Granted, the story was short-not even a novella length, but in my mind it was complete. I had a love story, an adventure, a villain and a little hook at the end that I hoped might leave readers wishing to read more about these characters in the future.

All bases covered, right?

Well, my editor wanted more. She asked me to expand the story, give the hero a little more depth and consider a series based on the premise I'd introduced.

Yow! My first reaction, as always, was: OMG! More work! Sheesh. I never catch a break around here. I thought this story was done. It was so done I stuck a fork in it months ago when I first sent it out into the cold cruel world as a submission.

But it's not done. There's more to be told. In fact, I've opened a door on a whole new universe of characters and situations. I have deeper to dig, farther to fly and longer to walk.

Today I completed more than 3000 words on expanding the story, and I'm still not sure it's done. I could add more and probably will before I send it back to my editor and it occured to me how vast the universe of the imagination is. Our stories are truly never completely finished. There's always more to say, some forgotten nook or cranny to explore.

Hmm. And Roddenberry said space was the final frontier.



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3 comments:

Savanna Kougar said...

Ain't it the truth. Each world I create, or world that finds me, has endless possibilities. It's just too bad I don't have the time to devote!!! Maybe, I'm a speed writer in another universe?

Lynda K. Scott said...

Jennifer, wow! Congrats! That story must have held a wealth of potential (no big surprise, you're a fabulous writer!)

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

LOL, Sasvanna. I wish I was a speed writer - so many stories, so few hours in the day.

Thanks, Lynda! I was very fortunate to get an enthusiastic editor - now I've got to bust my butt to keep her in pages to edit. LOL.