Apologies that there is a lot of reading, but that is the nature of a novel. Ebook, print and podcast versions will come later. Eventually I do hope to liven things up with some sketches, though!
Right! After a couple of weeks of total inactivity as far as writing goes, I am planning to get back in to it with gusto. I had hoped to today, but it is easier said than done with a young one!
However, I have made some decisions, and I think that will mean that overall progress will be achieved at a greater rate than what could have been.
I have re-done Chapter 1 back to 3rd-person perspective, as I am planning to do the rest of the story in that POV. I had considered making Chapter 1 a Prologue in 1st-person, and writing the rest in 3rd-person… but we’ll stick with this for now.
I have decided to stick with my original historical timing for the story. I was considering moving it into a more Wild-West, pre-American Civil War kind of time, with six-shooters and such. But I found that planning scenes with the inclusion of guns spoiled some opportunities for closer contact between adversaries. So, I am returning to the more medieval stylings of bow/arrow/sword, etc… I am still planning to keep slightly more modern attitudes and dress, compared to the classic fantasy novel. If I need to review these things, I will do so at, or nearer the end of writing.
With sticking to my original plan, I will be able to post several more chapters, since I don’t need to change them (woohoo!). There are a few changes that I will need to make, but they won’t be until about Chapter 5 or so. Although, there is potentially an extra chapter I would like to stick in between Chapters 2 & 3. I will work on that later, however. At the moment, I think I need to be in the “Forge ahead” mode. And I will post up some first draft chapters as I go. Feel free to comment.
This post exists because apparently doing this (creating a second user on my blog) will stamp my posts with an Author byline… Let’s see if it works.
Today I made progress on Chapter 2. Not a lot, and I can’t tell you an exact word count as I did a lot of copying and pasting between versions. I’m having a little bit of an issue changing a few details in my story, which is affecting some key scenes – particularly in Chapter 2. So, having a bit of a headache.
Plan plot and time period setting before writing too much.
However, this is my first novel attempt, and when I first started it was just meant to be a way to spend time while I was working a job that failed to keep me occupied full time. So, when I began writing I had no intention of anything of this scale (Lesson #2: Writing is addictive). Now that things have really started to solidify I need to just rewrite the whole thing… but it is natural to get attached to a few scenes. So, I am attached. However, if I can’t get it to work, I can be ruthless… I used to be attached to my opening line. But that has now gone. Cut.
Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be an official video for this song. But here you go…
This song happened to play on the radio while I was in the shower one day (aka: The Thinking Box That Rains) and the title just seemed to fit perfectly with my plan for my story. It may change. We shall see!
Hello world. This is what I’ve got for you. Like it or lump it.