As I probably mentioned, I am working on the very rough draft for “Infinity’s Reach,” the post-apocalyptic retelling of Pilgrim’s Progress. My experience in the past week or so has very much been a revisit of the principles of “the best laid schemes of mice and men often going awry” (with apologies to Robert Burns) as well as “no strategy ever survives contact with the enemy” (not sure who said that one. Sun-Tsu? von Clausewitz?)
But the reality is, a story can be, and often is, perfect until it is written. It is perfect in your mind–well, often it is. But when you take that idea and try to express it, it is subject to the limitations of your own ability to write. I really try to avoid writing a story until it is very clear in my mind. But there are times when you just have to forge ahead, hoping that the image in your head will become clearer during the creation process.
The challenge I am faced with in writing Infinity’s Reach is threefold. First, it is the retelling of a classic story, so I want to be relatively faithful to that. Second, it is a story about salvation according to the tenets of Christianity, so I want to make sure that the story includes that element. Finally, it is a story set in post-war, post-apocalyptic, dystopian America, and as for any science fiction story, I want to make sure that the story is entertaining.
I see it as a triangle, with each of those elements at one corner of the triangle. (Sorry, I don’t think I will draw one here.) The question comes up as to where the story ends up on relation to those three elements. In the middle? Leaning toward one corner or another? Or does it bounce around? These are questions that I am still struggling with.
But, as I said, I have decided to forge ahead. I have already posted two short chapters so far, and as long as I get positive (and even negative) feedback, I will continue to share with you as I write them. They are very rough, and I probably should be keeping this work private at this point. But I am a sucker for feedback, so I will submit them on occasion.
I want to take a minute and say thanks to Steven Eastwood, fellow blogger and Tweeter, who have share encouraging thoughts with me regarding Infinity’s Reach. He writes the blog Reviving the Zombie Nation.com. He has a lot of interesting and thought-provoking ideas to share, so check his site out.
More later. I will share the next two chapters with you soon.