I’m a big twitter-user and I enjoy it. I don’t write many of my own tweets but I love the different articles and people to subscribe to. One of them recently posted a link to an article http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/4-questions-agents-ask-at-pitch-sessions
I’m not sure what a pitch session is, in all honesty, and a part of me wonders what it is and if these are questions really asked. Whatever. I don’t care. I like the last question. So I’m going to make it into a post topic.
Where did this story come from?
Not talking about the inspiration (Patricia Wrede, Rick Riordan, J.K.Rowlings…) but where did my novel The Weaver Reborn come from.
The story premise is this, Maxine is a fifteen year old child who finds out that he is the reincarnation of an angelic-creature called an Elemental. She is the Elemental of Magic and she has the ability to control magic, not just use it. However, her predecessor Drakkar had committed a serious crime that stripped him of his immortality. She is now forced to bear the weight of his crime, though she has no knowledge of her past life (who was even a male for stars’ sake!). And to make her situation even worse there are prophecies written about her that pretty much say that she is going to destroy the world or kill a lot of people. She is called the Fallen One.
There are a multitude of subthemes that I have throughout the story, but my main theme that I hope to get across is dealing with the idea of a person’s core personality and how society views them and how they are expected to behave.
I first started out the story with a character that I wanted to be the antithesis of the person normally placed in charge of saving the world. I wrote Maxine to be this little bratty troublemaker – the last person on earth you would ever place your life in the hands of.
We have this idea that good and evil is black and white. Either something is good and therefore acts a certain way or something is bad and acts another way. Most novels you read the characters starts out flawed but its only when they overcome these flaws that they can overcome their personal demons and save the day and finish off the big bad destructive force.
Call me a realist or pessimist, but I don’t believe that life can always be that cut and dry. I very much believe in the idea that people don’t really change. They are who they are at their very core. Life situations can cause them to maybe veer off that path in a different angle, but even as a new entity they are still that same person. No amount of hardship or death can necessarily change that.
Throughout my own life I have attempted to seek some sort of perfection. To try to change. It has only ever resulted in making me feel miserable. Why am I less of a person because I do not act according to a society standard?
I’ve watched many romance movies in my life about the geeky girl that can’t get a date but then Mr. Hotstuff comes in sees her potential and works with her to make her not be a geek. That infuriates the life out of me. Nor do I think the other side of it where the geeky-girl curbs the hotshot of the school is right either. Why can’t the geek just stay a geek and the hotshot stay hotshot and they both just work together?
I am writing The Weaver Reborn because I would like to get these and other concepts out. I think that’s where my story comes from. This need to validate your own self simply because you are you. Society preaches be yourself. Society should then preach accept people as they are, flaws included. Change isn’t impossible but it shouldn’t be expected or demanded because perfection is unattainable.