New Chapters

A new version of Chapter 1, plus Chapters 2 and 3 now added.

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!

Decisions, decisions…

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.

Progress Report & Lessons Learned

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.

Lesson learned:

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.