My Next Big Thing

Okay, Chris @ Life Your Way,  I’ll play. I’m flattered that you think of me, I just feel like my blog doesn’t warrant the attention—yet. But since I do have a book I’m working on I don’t feel so insecure answering.

The Next Big Thing

10 questions about my current writing project.

1) What is the working title of your book or project?

The Illusion of Marriage

2) Where did the idea come from for the book or project?

I can’t pinpoint a specific spark but it started with an opening and ending scene—I envisioned this story as a movie. I needed a plot for NaNoWriMo2011 and used this idea.

3) What genre does it fall under, if any?

Fiction: Literary/Family Drama

4) If applicable, whom would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

Jacob: Jamie Bell or Emile Hirsch, Helen: Bryce Dallas Howard-someone who can pull of uptight but warm.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your manuscript or project?

Til death do us part: marriage meets reality.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Yes, unless there is a third option by then.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first 50k I did for NaNoWriMo2011. I pretended to work on it for a few month of 2012, but now I’m aiming to finish up the first draft by Feb 2013. At 60993, I’m guessing I have another 20-25k to write.

8) What other book or stories would you compare this story to with the genre?

I’m blanking on anything specific. It’s a tale of marriage like any other and unique as all of them are. The lovely Jessica Ruston has a list of fiction books on marriage on her blog.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book or story?

A death in the family prompted an examination of the lives around me, the struggles we all go through the triumphs and such.

10) What else about the book or story might pique the reader’s interest?

There are several secrets being kept that possibly doom a relationship, a few unforgivable acts forgiven, a postpartum psychotic episode, delicious meals, baked goods, frolics in the sun, and a dog named Bachman.

Geez, that almost sounds interesting. I’d better get back to work.

Your Next Big Thing

Tagging others is tricky since there’s so much inbreeding around here, I don’t know anyone who hasn’t participated. So dear readers (all two of you) there is no obligation to play, but if you’d like to—copy/paste the questions, fill in your answers, post a link to your blog in my comments. Or if you’ve already blogged your, My Next Big Thing, and would like to get more traction, feel free to post a link in the comments.



  1. I’d say you are more than half way there.. I too, wrote the first have of my first novel in NANO, an then finished it a year later. I felt so virginal then. Keep going, Lynne, you are so very close. I like the premised. Marriage – the reality.

  2. I discovered you the same way as Bev from your insightful comment on another blog. Congrats on the progress of your novel. It sounds intriguing. Relationship dramas are always a great theme as each one is unique. I’m inspired to get back to my own novel. Putting myself out there on a blog as you do here helps build confidence, doesn’t it? I do both fiction and nonfiction on my site. I’ll look forward to updates on your progress. Cheers!

  3. dear lynne
    i have seen your name and read your comments many times on other blogs but for some reason i have never ventured over here. i think in part because i was intimidated, your comments are always very insightful and i am rather new to the writing world. at 50 i feel like i’m starting to find my voice but my mechanics are quite bad. i struggle with the feeling that i have no business writing anything or even attempting to. i have been reading through some of your posts and i enjoy them just as i always enjoy your comments.

    just thought i would stop over and say, hi my name is bev and i wanted to say i’m a fan.

    • Hi Bev! Thank you so much for your kind words. Everyone starts somewhere and the only way any of us improve is to keep writing and read quality work that inspires us. I didn’t begin writing until I took my first college class in September 2001 at age 37. I took my first poetry class in 2003, while working on my AA in ECE (Early Childhood Education) I graduated in 2005. Not until 2008 did I consider writing fiction and decided to go for my BA in writing. I’ve been working on writing novels ever since. Good to hear from you.

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