Fantasy Novels

Halfway in a Series

Every time I lift the pen to write my mind wanders. Oh what a journey it’s been! From the first inkling of an idea to the decision to publish. I was busy writing as the wind rattled outside. The old house creaked. While the moonlight shone through the window as the trees swayed. I settled in a warm and cosy place that had seen better days. There was one part of a journey in the midst of a series preparing to unfold.

Characters

This time there was trouble ahead with an antagonist that had been underestimated. Half the novel had to be re-written. Never expect your villains to do what you think they will. There was also another pressure. The time had come for the main character to return. To the land left far behind, but not for the intended reason.

Discovery

As the story moves forward more of the past has been revealed. This is where I admit to being more of a pantser than a plotter. A magical cloud has been lifting as every little piece appears on the page. One part of the journey is known and the other is yet to be discovered. If anyone had told me that the characters have a habit of taking over the story. I would not have believed it.

A Story Awaits

There is a world of fantasy. Filled with scheming smelly dragons, secretive wizards, and feuding sorcerers. Waiting for anyone who loves to curl up on the couch and become lost in the pages of story.

Setting Writing Goals, Writer Thoughts, Writing Tips

Deleting Words

The last couple of weeks I have been setting up a new laptop much to the cat’s amusement. It’s a cheap, easy to use replacement for the old secondhand one. That gave a warning before it was about to die. It didn’t take long for the cat to work out that the keyboard is low and comfortable to walk on. The cat’s favourite button is the ‘backspace’. It cannot understand why I have an issue with that. Needless to say it knows I have a habit of deleting the last two words I wrote.

Habits

Two words, and the writing session kicks in. Not what I was expecting to find, apparently I need an unfinished sentence… Hmm, I will have to think about that. Well what do you know, it works. Everyone has their own quirks and it’s taken a while to find mine. There are so many times when the process has had to stop and start. It makes finding the little nuances critical. It’s like finding that all important first step that leads to another, then another.

Keeping Track

There is nothing quite like keeping track and stickers are not for me. I have a highlighter pen, a calender, and jot down how many words I wrote. Gaps are part of the schedule, but it’s easier to acknowledge them than try and do too much. The cat has claimed half my desk and insists on glaring at me. While purring at the same time when I type away on the keyboard. The look says ‘you should be writing’. I continue because I really don’t want any more words deleted. Thank you cat for being so supportive and taking an interest in my keyboard.

Fantasy Novels

Reaching for the End of a Story

It has been a nerve wrecking time. Taking stock of the big picture and re-arranging the important writing space. Over the last two weeks I have upgraded from the favourite armchair to a desk. I may yet haul my favourite armchair in here. The real reason for the move was to get some designated shelf space. To set up one location to find useful references. You see I am part way through writing the fourth novel in a series. It has survived a few moves and other projects in between. Now I want to give it some much needed attention.

Making a Project a Priority

After re-visiting a couple of how to write faster books for the second time. There has been a slow albeit cumbersome embrace of plotting. Or atleast the fact that a little bit of plotting helps. The main tip has been to spend five minutes writing down ideas before you write. It sort of works, on one occasion I wrote down the same amount of words for the idea as well as the scene. On another occasion I wrote five times as many words for the scene. I would love to be the person who could write down ideas and get five times as many words every time. That would be too easy, and no where near as much fun.

Finding a Moment of Calm

There is always guaranteed to be an interuption to the writing schedule. I have a few every year. It’s important to note what works best for you. So when everything settles down again you know where to start. Finding that little piece of calm to write always feels like a victory. Even if it is only one hundred words. That is more than what I began with. Sometimes a moment will be at an odd time and a notebook or a place to save an idea is handy. It beats having to remember it later and provides something to add to.

Reflection

There is one thing about plotting, it can always change. Half the time writing down ideas leads to completely different directions. You never know where it might lead, what matters most is that it helped. Writing is full of ups and downs, going sideways and in circles. It’s a journey full of interesting challenges all the way to end.