A Novel Idea
I am reading a book that breaks down the exam procedures for the position of Prize Fellow for All Souls College, Oxford.
I had a thought that the process would make a good framework or writing structure for a longer narrative, i.e. he said boldly, a first novel.
( All readers want to be writers as someone once said)
I actually had a similar idea when I tried to read a book that also uses this idea Giles Goat Boy,by John Barth.
But that book was odd and I don't remember enjoying it or even finishing it.
What would you recommend, writers, is my next move ?
I am considering the following action items : reading Giles Goat- Boy, making an outline of the All Souls Process ( hey- how’s that for a title?) , don’t make an outline- just make a copy and set it aside, read other books that may be related to such an idea, write a large rambling note to myself that highlights some of the ideas I could work into a longer narrative, do nothing- let the idea germinate and see what happens if I come back to it in 2 weeks or so, or other?