As a fiction writer I tend to feel like this is a stupid question, whilst as a journalist it feels amateurish and slightly redundant to ask it. Read their work and it’ll often become pretty apparent – Irvine Welsh didn’t come up with Trainspotting because he spent a lot of time hanging around Disneyland, for example.
If, for whatever reason, you can’t leave comments on the Get Involved page of the blog, help is at hand! I have made a photo album on the facebook page so you can leave thoughts on different genres there. It’s not actually in chronological order, but you’re intelligent people and I’m sure you’ll figure it out.
I’ve done this because March – the first month where I’m really throwing this out to the general public – is fast approaching. I’ve had some suggestions, but the novel is far from planned!
To remind you, I’d like the main protagonist to be an older gent, based on a lovely chap who used to come into the library and take out 12 westerns at a time, even though he’d read them all hundreds of times already.
Maybe he sees his day to day life in a slightly schemey bit of town as a Western? Maybe he goes back in time, either in reality or in a dream? Maybe he goes forward in time, to a Serenity style futuristic space western?
You may have gathered by this point that I don’t want to spend too much time researching the actual history of the wild west, I just want it to be a fun, colourful, ripping read!
So, what’s my old gent called? What western movies should I watch for inspiration? Where is it set? Who are the other characters? He must have a dead or estranged wife/child in his past somewhere, right? Or maybe that’s too traditional. In which case, what is his motivation?