By BARBARA HOLLSTEIN
Former Morenci resident Don Wilson has written a novel, but he didn’t quit his job as a scenic director and theatre instructor to do it. Wilson wrote “Brotherhood: Book One: Called to Arms” last November as a part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
National Novel Writing Month is an annual event that starts Nov. 1, in which participants write at least 50,000 words by the deadline of 11:59.59 p.m. on Nov. 30.
The idea is to allow individuals to write freely, without allowing nagging thoughts about editing derail the flow of creative thought.
Editing is important, however, and it is encouraged after the initial event is over. Wilson spent five months afterwards in revision before his novel was completely finished.
Although Brotherhood was Wilson’s first novel, he is not unfamiliar with writing in general. He has written plays and musicals, and the experience was helpful when writing the novel.
“Having done a lot of playwriting,” he said, “I knew that I had to make sure each character had their own goals and that the main character had to stay relatable.”
Although he never thought writing a novel was something he could do, he was inspired to participate as a challenge to himself, claiming “the idea [of NaNoWriMo] is based on the idea that people have lost the desire to challenge themselves.”
While Wilson said there were some challenging aspects of the process, such as staying in the first-person narrative style throughout the whole novel, not everything presented an issue.
“I thought it would be a chore to get the story to flesh itself out,” he said, “but it went very smoothly. I had no idea I would enjoy [the process] as much as I did.”
The novel follows main character Luc who joins up with the Brotherhood of the Grimm and love interest Nathalie in a quest to find her siblings Hansel and Gretl.
“Brotherhood,” and the next novel that he is currently writing, plays on the classic Brothers Grimm fairytales.
“I like to go back to the original tales and see what ideas come to mind while reading them.”