Pitch Wars: Why I Wrote REVERIE

Four years ago, I packed up a rental car with 2 giant suitcases, my comforter, and my bike, and drove all the way from my Florida hometown to Washington D.C. I had recently graduated undergrad and was moving to the home of American government for the foreseeable future. I made the drive up alone–my then-boyfriend (now husband) had already flown up the month before to find us an apartment.

Like this, but with fewer friends.

Driving for thirteen hours straight with no one to talk to gives a person time to think. Music was blasting from the CD player, and as the notes swirled around my brain a vague story started to coalesce. Inspired by the soaring refrains and intense lyrics of Muse’s latest album, the story was grand and sweeping and dramatic. An epic tale of romance and betrayal. Politics and religion. A city on the brink.

When I stopped off at the next rest area, I jotted down a few notes into my journal. “Mad Men meets Ancient Rome meets War and Peace,” the notes read. “Star Wars meets Gone With the Wind.”

“Kiss me, once.”

I was only a slightly ambitious.

Well. Life happened. And three years, two cities and two complete manuscripts later, I finally decided to sit down and write the epic story dreamed up during that long, lonely drive. I drafted an outline, crafted a cast of characters, and invented a world of grandeur and glamour. I pounded out around twenty thousand words. Unfortunately, (or maybe fortunately), I hated it.

Absolutely. Could not. Stand it.

Pretty much.

I wanted to chuck it in the trash and then set it on fire. But somewhere in the process of writing that awful story, I found the beginnings of another story.

A slightly less ambitious story than the one before, but a good story nonetheless.

A story blending Prohibition culture with futurism, Greek mythology, and dark fantasy. Intrigue. Romance. Surrealism.

Reverie is the story of a city where dreams are forbidden. A city where the citizens are trapped beneath an impenetrable dome, unable to make contact with the outside world. A city where a lonely, motherless girl craves adventure and excitement, but looks for them in all the wrong places. A city where the only thing more dangerous than dreaming…is falling in love.

Bright young things.

Reverie isn’t the book I meant to write. But it’s the book that insisted I write it. And now I can’t imagine never having written it!

A huge thank you to Lori Goldstein for being my amazing mentor, Brenda Drake for running this incredible contest year after year, and Dee Romito for hosting the alternate showcase! This extraordinary experience has taught me so much about myself and my book, and allowed me to meet some incredible writers and other industry professionals! And last but not least, a big thanks to Carlee Karanovic for organizing this blog hop!

Be sure to check out the other contestants “Why I Wrote My Book” posts, listed below!

Carleen Karanovic: HOPE ON A FEATHER

Heather Truett: RENASCENCE

Tracie Martin: WILD IS THE WIND

Susan Bickford: FRAMED

Rachel Sarah: RULES FOR RUNNING AWAY 

Amanda Rawson Hill: GRIMM AND BEAR IT

Charlotte Gruber: CODE OF SILENCE

Kip Wilson: THE MOST DAZZLING GIRL IN BERLIN

Mary Ann Nicholson: CALAMITY

Nikki Roberti: THE TRUTH ABOUT TWO-SHOES

Anna Patel: EXODUS

K. A. Reynolds: LE CIRQUE DU LITERATI

Susan Crispell: WISHES TO NOWHERE

Ron Walters: THE GOLEM INITIATIVE

Rosalyn Eves: THE BLOOD ROSE REBELLION

Ashley Poston: HEART OF IRON

Mara Rutherford: WINTERSOUL

Janet Walden-West: Damned If She Do

Kazul Wolf: SUMMER THUNDER

S. D. Grimm: WITCHER

Kelli Newby: THORNVAAL

Tara Sim: TIMEKEEPER

Elliah Terry: POCKET FULL OF POPPIES

Alessa Hinlo: THE HONEST THIEF

Rachel Horwitz: THE BOOTLEGGER’S BIBLE

Whitney Taylor: DEFINITIONS OF INDEFINABLE THINGS

Natalie Williamson: SET IN STONE

Robin Lemke: THE DANCE OF THE PALMS

Stephanie Herman: CLIFF WITH NO EDGE

Shannon Cooley: A FROG, A WHISTLE, AND A VIAL OF SAND

Ruth Anne Snow: THE GIRLS OF MARCH

Elizabeth Dimit: PHOEBE FRANZ’S GUIDE TO PASSPORTS, PAGEANTS, & PARENTAL DISASTERS

Elliah Terry: POCKET FULL OF POPPIES

Gwen C. Katz: AMONG THE RED STARS

Jennifer Hawkins: FALSE START

Kelly DeVos: THE WHITE LEHUA

 

10 Comments

  1. Jennifer Hawkins
    Reply

    Ooooh, this sounds very interesting! Love the impenetrable dome concept. Leaves me wondering all kinds of things. Good luck to you!

    • Lyra Selene
      Reply

      I hope others have the same reaction as you! Thanks for the comment. 🙂

  2. madamerubies
    Reply

    Sounds intriguing! And driving is a huge help to me, plotting wise, too. Also, my Nano book was discovered when I started a different story and found it boring.

    • Lyra Selene
      Reply

      So funny how that happens, isn’t it! The best laid plans of pantsers AND plotters, am I right?! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. C. M. Franklin
    Reply

    I love your book idea. Love. It.

    • Lyra Selene
      Reply

      That’s so great to hear–I hope everyone else feel the same way!

  4. K. A. Reynolds
    Reply

    Holy smokes. Just yes. Brilliant concept, something I’d love!

  5. K. A. Reynolds
    Reply

    This. Sounds. Amazing. Absolutely love it!

    • Lyra Selene
      Reply

      Wow, thank you so much! This manuscript has definitely been a labor of love, so it’s wonderful to hear that people love the concept. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Natalie Williamson
    Reply

    The books that insist on being written are always the best ones. This sounds awesome! Good luck tomorrow! Hope I get to read this someday soon!

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