Out of Words Right Now

I’m exhausted. Just came home from a week’s at Mom’s where some big emotional stuff happened, plus lots of driving and not enough sleep. I went on to reddit to participate in /r/fantasy and found I didn’t have any words to offer. I offered so many to my mom, to my nephew that I am quite out at the moment. I hope I get over this feeling soon. I’ve got most of the battle mapped out and it’s a little skirmish more than a battle but it needs to be written soon so that I can move the party over to…

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How to Cut Down on Drafts (or Plotting at a Nice Clip)

The first thing I did with Book 2, “Thwarted Wills,” was to figure out the overall arcs with the three parts in the book. I know that each part is going to more or less end with a confrontation with critlings. The second thing I did, was to figure out the plots related to all the characters and map them out as far as I knew. Then I separated out the plots that are supposed to be in the background for Book 2 and the plots that are decided by Book 2, leaving only the events within Book 2. Mind…

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Writing Tip: How to Figure Out What Goes in Your Chapters

I’m starting out with Book #2, Thwarted Wills, and I’m determined NOT to write 5 drafts like I did for my soon-to-be-out first novel, A Slice of Quietude. So instead, I’ve sat down and thought out all the plot lines for my main characters, the secondary characters AND the third level characters. But that’s not what I’m excited about. Using Scrivener (A must if you’re a writer, I feel), I then took the plot developments and divvied them into a loose outline for the book. Still, this isn’t what’s exciting. Looking at the outline, it felt overwhelming to somehow take those different points…

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The Writing is Done

As of last night, there will be no new ideas, no new plot lines in Woven Myths Book 1: A Slice of Quietude. The only thing that’ll be done are revisions to awkward sentences. Hopefully, we’ll be done with this part within 1/2 a week. And then, Val gets the book to prep for publication. Mike will work on the cover over the next two weeks. I’ll need to find out from Dawn if she’ll be putting the cover together or Val. Mike’s already told me he doesn’t do fonts. Then it’s marketing. I’ve already got a small list of…

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15 Days ‘Til November?!?!

Well, it wasn’t supposed to happen so quickly. Nanowrimo starts in 15 days. Usually I’m starting about now because usually I have to go away for Thanksgiving (not this year), but I’m not even sure I can do this, this year. I’ve still got about 14 chapters of Kinjara’s rewrites, then I have to go over Val Jones‘ edits and revise the whole draft, especially Cela’s dialect to make it consistent. Where the heck did time go? I know, into my harvest. Oh well. Tonight, it’s pick up the pace time.

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Working with Outlines

The other day I wrote about starting Woven Myth’s Book 2 and how it should be easy but it was proving not to be. Well, I scrapped all of the organization I had, and started over. By the way if you ever work with me, this is one of my most infuriating processes: scrapping everything and starting over. Just warning you. There was no organic growth to the story. So after scrapping the whole beginnings, I used a method that I had learned about in designing games. I started with the things I knew had to be in the book.…

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Plotting trajectories

Today, I plotted/organized more of Book 2. It’s harder than I thought. It should be simpler, since I have 60% of the plot but I’m finding it a tad hard to begin. You see, Woven Myths began as part of NaNoWriMo way back in 2009. It was two years later that I pulled it out to see if it would work as a novel and to my surprise, it did. In reworking the story, I added a lot more and in working on a review draft, I came to the realization that what I added was actually a different story. It…

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