Brief Draft 3 Update for those who care!
I am struggle-bussing it through the beginning. I’m sort of re-writing, though I like to think of it more as re-packaging. The plot elements that I need are still there and the beginning of the character arc that I need is also still there but how I’m presenting it is a bit different. We are hoping that this is going to be the last revision of the beginning (she says, speaking in the first person plural) but most likely, that won’t be the case.
But I’m not here to talk about beginnings in this post.
I’ve been doing some thinking about marketability and high concept when it comes to novels and my novel in particular. Typically, a brief synonym for ‘high concept’ is ‘commercial’ (see this tumblr post for a more detailed explanation about what high concept actually is: http://maggie-stiefvater.tumblr.com/post/88026897651/what-do-people-mean-when-they-call-a-book-or-a-film).
And that got me to thinking.
My novel is kind of odd. I have taken the idea of “write the book you’ve always wanted to see on the shelf but could never find it” and just run with it. This novel always existed in one form or another, simmering in the primordial ooze in my brain for about four years, becoming more of a “me-novel” with every passing minute. It’s a mish-mash of things that I like and characters that I’ve wanted to write about for a couple years. It really doesn’t have a defined genre and is between readerships (ie: somewhere in the no man’s land between adult and young adult).
It’s “high concept”, I believe, in its plot, but not necessarily commercial. It’s certainly not commercial in its execution. It’s more slow moving, character focused, and has been described by many beta readers as having a very unusual tone. Unusual can mean good things (as in new, fresh, exciting) or it can mean bad things (as in weird and not sellable).
I suppose only time will tell.
Meh, deadline. We’ll see about this deadline.