I spent all of last week on a solitary writing retreat, tucked away in a quiet corner of the US Virgin Islands. The goal was to write the first draft of my next YA novel.
I came home having "written" over 10k words per day for six straight days. First draft complete at 65k words, 63k words were dictated. I also wrote the first draft of a 2400 word short story during a 90 stretch one evening.
The Scion School is dystopian YA.
Here's a very rough first try at a pitch blurb:
Few people even know the The Scion School exists, for it is tucked away on the otherwise unpopulated Caribbean island of St. Vitus. Students are born and raised there, preparing for a "great destiny," to lead humankind out of the worldwide devastation caused by war and disease.
As Vaughan, Jacey, and Humphrey enter their final year, the headmaster, Dr. Carlhagen, begins to show signs of madness. He forces incoming students to destroy their possessions. He pits Vaughan against his best friend in a brutal one-sided fight. He humiliates Humphrey by mocking his infatuation for Jacey—in front of Jacey. All for a single, noble purpose: to eliminate the weaknesses of loyalty, love, and friendship that will keep the students from succeeding as leaders of men.
But when a boat carrying a dying outsider washes ashore, Vaughan and friends discover that everything they've been taught about the world—and themselves—is a lie.
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