It’s the end of September and a little over a month until the next NaNoWriMo kicks off. First I had planned to write a sequel to a historical novel I have been working on and I spent much time on researching Germany after world war two. Where I would place my Danish former SS soldier looking for a German nurse he met while recuperating in a hospital in the Russian borderland.
My interest is in these Danish SS soldiers’ life when they returned to Denmark after the war. Almost all were imprisoned for a minimum of four years of hard labour. Many were incensed that the Danish government, influenced by the Communists, punished them in this way. During the war after Germany’s occupation of Denmark, the Danish government, in an effort to avoid universal conscription to the German army agreed to let Danish citizens join the newly created Frikorps Danmark. It is of course more complicated than this, as it always is, but this is the short version.
The character I wrote about in my first manuscript, survived the war and returned to Denmark where we leave him after receiving his jail sentence. I now wanted to continue the story after he was released and what he would do.
I was knee deep in research, really enjoying myself, coming up with sub plots for the east-west divide, the allies efforts to unite or disunite Germany, when out of nowhere. BAMM! A new idea hit.
The reason this new idea is so tempting, is that it lends itself perfectly to the NaNoWriMo challenge. It is fast paced, which is good for writing long stretches at the time and there is minimal research required which could otherwise create a stumbling block to the amount of words needed to be written in a short period.
I also decided to change direction, as I realised that I am loosing two full weekends in November, attending a course, which I know will leave me exhausted by the end of it, cutting out my Sunday writing which are usually enormous writing days.
So new direction, the historical novel sequel will have to wait, not forgotten, just on hold.