The novel I'm writing this month remains a mystery for 99.9 % of the people who know I'm doing it. I have been reading it to Lon and I dropped a hint about it on a website where I frequently hang out.
I don't have an actual plot at this point, but I can tell you that my writing is in part based on my own early childhood. I've tweaked the truth for the most part yet certain details line up with actual "important historical" facts pertaining to my birth, my place of birth, my family and other "relative" statistics.
The main character in my novel is me, Shaddy. She resembles a newborn when she's asleep, otherwise, Shaddy is phenomenally "off the charts" regarding intellectual development norms for her age group. When confronted, she attributes her advanced abilities to her innate inclination to make efficient use of all the endless time she had on her hands during her incubation period.
So far, my novel is a, hopefully humorous, account of the first few weeks of Shaddy's life. I'm encouraged by the reactions I've gotten from Lon. He has laughed frequently, has said "wow" once or twice and after each of my readings, always tells me that he's amazed with my story ideas and how I put them into a written form that flows nicely. Remember, we've been married for forty years. He knows the value of positive strokes!
A novel (as I've been taught) is supposed to include a main character (protagonist) who is faced with a challenge (provided by one or more antagonists) which he or she struggles with and overcomes, thus becomes a stronger and/or wiser individual. There's much more to the inner workings of a good novel, but that's it in a nutshell.
I haven't a clear cut challenge for Shaddy to struggle with other than understanding and accepting her differences and learning to be patient with those who aren't at her level. In what I've written so far, Shaddy is often frustrated and impatient with herself and her peers.
Time will tell how my novel will come together as I keep writing toward my 50,000 word goal. I'm taking my writing one day at a time and minute by minute. Normally, I don't know how a scene will play out until I'm in the middle of writing it and ideas spring up. Having a deadline definitely pushes the decision making process forward. I can't spend an hour trying to figure out what Shaddy will do next. I have to make a choice and go with it.
When I finish writing at the end of this month, I'll have a rough draft. If I want to try to get it published, my work will have just begun. I doubt I'll want to go through the grief necessary to accomplish that. I'll be happy knowing that I'm a novelist. That's enough for me.