NaNoWriMo is approaching rapidly, less than two weeks to go! I’ve been contemplating what to write my next novel on, barely coming up with ideas. Perhaps I should have thought about this sooner, but you can’t turn back the clock. I’ve been stuck on one idea for a while now and I’m just going to give it a try. I’ve shared it with one person, and his response was “that’s interesting.” Honestly, I don’t know how to take that. Usually when I person calls something “interesting” it’s because they don’t like the idea but don’t want to be mean by telling the truth. Anyway, I thought I would present my next idea to my readers and see how you felt about it. If you have suggestions on how to improve it, I would really appreciate the response.
So here it is:
A Lawyer goes to Hawaii with his wife for a 2 week vacation. He doesn’t wish to go back home, so stays in Hawaii. His wife leaves him there, after failing to convince him to come back home.
The Lawyer takes to living in a van on the side of the road in Hawaii (Oahu). He spends his days surfing and coaching kids who come by to surf. In return they get him lunch/dinner.
Maybe some instances of the lawyer getting arrested and spending the night in jail. – work with me here, I’m trying to add some conflict 🙂
He coaches one kid out on the waves, an 8-year-old, who quickly becomes a good friend. The boy finds out that the lawyer is living in a van and brings him home with him.
The 8-year-old fights with his mom for a few days, trying to convince her to let him stay with them. He pulls his last card – he’s my only friend! His mom caves and lets the lawyer stay with them.
The lawyer starts to realize how much of a bum he has been, seeing this woman (the boy’s mom) working so hard to keep her family alive and well. In exchange for her gratitude, he goes off and gets several different jobs. He tries a variety of jobs (I haven’t decided what yet – I want him to try random things he wouldn’t have done before) until he decides the only thing he’s passionate about is being a lawyer. He gets a job for a non-profit law firm in Honolulu.
The lawyer starts to earn enough to move out into his own home. In the process, he finds himself falling for the kid’s mom. When he finally decides to move out, him and the kid’s mom reveal their feelings for one another. The kid gets angry and runs away.
After a week of searching for the little boy, they find him (where? not sure yet). They sit him down and talk with him about how great their life can be together. Nothing would really change, things would be more peaceful instead! After much arguing, the boy accepts it and goes home with the two. Not sure how to end this – maybe just them walking off hand in hand (all three) finally at peace with the way their lives are going?
Before I wrote this post, my story was actually different than what you see above. It’s amazing how your story runs away from you as you’re typing. I know this one is a bit cheesy, but I wanted to give it a try. I want to write something a little happier than my last one and something I am a bit more familiar with.