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.

Writing Tools

Getting Organised to Write

organise-to-writeThis year I thought I would try and get a bit more organised with writing. Below are a few templates to help sketch an outline and to keep track of important dates. My writing process leans toward ‘flying by the seat of your pants’. I do a bit of outlining to help keep on track and to act as a reminder. You are welcome to use these templates for your own writing process. I hope you find them useful.

Keeping Track

It can be helpful to set a few goals. By laying out what sections you need to do as part of the process to keep track throughout the year. I do not stick to my goals or my outlines, but it is handy to go back and change them. If is great for going back and finding what worked and how much you achieved. Being stuck in the process can feel overwhelming and it is always nice to be able to have a map to go by.

Setting Goals

For this year the goal is to get more organised. Last year I was a bit lapse with my process and spent time learning how to edit. This year the plan is to knuckle down and concentrate on my writing. I have been reviewing my processes and timeframes. This has meant spending more time at the beginning of the year to get things set up. The aim is to be able to simply write and keep on track better throughout the year. I wish you the best of luck and hope you have a good year with your writing too.

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Know Your Why as a Writer

know-reasonThe main question that can take a while to answer is the reason why you write. This involves thinking about which path you wish to go on. There is an abundance of information online about what you could do and the paths you can take. The issue is when an assumption is made that you already know the reason why you want to write. Some of these describe processes and give advice in areas that may not be relevant to you. If you know your why this can make it so much easier to sift through all the advice.

First Step

For me the first reason was simply to write a novel. After the novel was complete in first draft it was time to reassess. I took my notebook and wrote down a brief summary of why I was writing. This helped to keep the focus and also act as a guide to revisit where later on. If you keep your reason why short and simple it can be useful in many ways. Including the task of searching through information and finding what suits you best.

Each Stage

I found myself re-evaluating the reason why on several occasions. Each time it has helped to stay focused on what I am doing now and where I would like to be. In the early stage I began writing just for me it was not designed to be read by others. At the time that was fine because it was practice. It took many drafts before it was ready for an audience. A few years later when my writing continued and one manuscript became three. It was time to rethink the early goals and my reason why.

Long Term Goals

Writing is a process and the craft can take years to develop. A long-term plan of where you intend to be can help keep track of your progress. You do not have to stay with the plan, but it helps when you need to readjust. If you intend to publish there are many options. This can help refine the option to one that best suits your goals. It can also help you focus on what will best help you to achieve the long-term goals. In the beginning it can be a daunting task, but every step can bring a goal a little bit closer.

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