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Do I Dare?

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So this question all starts when I had someone close to me tell me this wondrous dream that sparked so much creativity into me that I felt like I was about to burst. It is a story that would be a post apocalyptic world where science looks to new ways to try to save the dying earth by unconventional methods, magic. At least to me this sounds like an amazing story and one that I could have a lot of fun pushing myself to write since it is unlike my normal story style. And because of this I have been really itching to start it. However then I fear that my current project I have been so diligently working on will get left in the dust and become yet another story that I have never finished. Which I will be honest; it is a pretty lengthy list. I don’t want to be one of those people that constantly start writing projects but then abandon them due to another story. I have wanted to actually complete the whole process, from start to finish again instead pushing stories aside for different things.

This is my dilemma of do I dare? I love the currently story I am working on. It has so much potential, so much greatness and real character development and I feel the first real strong piece I have written so far. Or at least that is what I believe, but the problem is so do most of the stories I write. I always tell myself oh I just writing my ideas out and I will come back to that original story I was working on but never seem to do. It isn’t that I really truly don’t mean to go back to them, because from the bottom of my heart I do. I have this more than one project in mind when I say that too. And maybe someday I will. However, I haven’t yet. And that is now the biggest problem I have.

So now bringing us back to the original question that I asked: Do I dare? Do I dare start another project? At least writing some scenes down as they pop into my head and work my very hardest to stay on target to my current project. And to be clear the current project I am working on is more than half way finished at this point. Or do I just have the idea in my little notebook I carry around with me where ever I go and hope to goodness sake that I don’t forget all the wonderful ideas that pop into my head and when I finish my current project begin diving into the story that awaits me?

I know the correct answer. I really do but it is one of those stages where I am afraid of not completing yet another thing that I am prepared to do something drastic. This is my problem and this is my question. Do I dare?

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Synopsis – My Own Progress

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First off I will admit I am horrible at synopsis. I tend to try to way over simplify them for some reason and cause them to be a boring blah of words strung together. Not going to get too many readers wanting to read my book huh? Nope, not a chance. So today I decided to try again at re-writing the synopsis for my newest book that I am writing this year for NaNoWriMo. So I am going to show you exactly how I progressed today.

 

First Attempt

Soifra Eileen is a girl who finds herself stuck in a past she is trying to fun away from. Lord Benson is trying to find her again and claim her again for himself and if he does the empire around Soifra will be forced to continue to be a world of where the poor starve and the nobility gets more powerful.

Second Attempt

Soifra Eileen, a girl barely over her seventeeth birthday finds herself in the abusive hands of the one person who was suppose to protect her. She is left with no other choice but to flee his death tight grasp and try to make a new life for herself away from the houses of the nobles. However when Soifra does escape she finds that it is a noble life she must be destined for. She has to make the empire around her more in the image of what the goddess who spoke to her wants, of peace instead of how the power-hungry nobles that now run it, for power and wealth.

Together with Ryaen, a war criminal who has stayed out the grasps of the nobles for long strive to change the empire into something they both believe in. Together they will race against the clock and the seasons to make sure that the empire in indeed an image of hope instead of despair.

Third Attempt

Soifra Eileen, a Sivene Princess from the land of the North, was taken into protected custody when she was a small child however when she approached her seventeenth birthday she finds that the one who was bound to protect her was the one who was the one who was the most damaging. After her protectors true nature was shown Soifra fled hoping to leave the life of abuse behind her with that of the noble houses. However when she comes across Aduialhach, the city of Evening Flame, she realized that no matter where she ran the abuse was everywhere and she had to do something to stop it.

Ryaen of Lovingworth was a war criminal trying to find his way into the future and fix the one that he sees in front of him. When he comes across a woman alone in the forest, appearing to be running from her past as well he pledges to himself to help her. When he finds out that she is actually a member of a rare race of magical beings called the Sivene he knows fate has finally came in and handed him a winning hand.

Together they try to overcome the corrupted noble houses of the city of Aduialhach and free the people of the city from the unnecessary starvation and living conditions and branch out to have the kind hand of the Sivene people of their history to step back into place not just over this city but over all of the Elonn. Together, Ryaen and Soifra wish to help the people of Elonn be free from tyranny and back into a realm of peace.

So far I have only done three attempts but I think each time they have clearly improved. Of course I am not nearly done but what I found helped was to actually do this step and write first attempt, second, ect so that I could see where exactly I was going wrong and how I could add more details to the story with still leaving the reader wanting to find out what happens and pick up the book.
I would love to hear your thoughts on my progress so far! Always have room to improve!
Until next time have a wonderful time! (and good luck fellow NaNoWriMo-ers)

The Joys of Editing

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I may be an odd ball but I just have to admit. I love editing. I love it almost as much as I love writing. I love editing my own work especially, it gets my creative juices flowing even more so than before, about great new ideas and character development as I plug away at making what I am working as perfect as I can get it. It makes me what to write more and more and more. I usually edit a lot slower than I write of course, rereading the same paragraph sometimes a hundred times or more just to get the wording to say exactly what I want it to say. I am currently editing my Work In Progress and I was really good about waiting until I had 36 page (double spaces so say what you will) before even beginning to edit and man was that a challenge. I did it mostly because I had hit a road block in my writing. I mean I was chugging along writing the story per the detailed outline I made but the passion just was not there to stay up to the late hours of the night, needing to finish the next scene as I had been before. I find even though I have only really edited the first few pages (roughly on the 4th page as I write this blog) I find my passion growing again. The fire in my gut of inspiration and the overwhelming need to just write and write all day is coming back upon me. (Thank you muse!)

I know some writers say you should not edit until the very end of writing your first draft, because it is just that the first draft. It is going to be rough, it is going to be edgy it is going to be honestly somewhat bad. And I do get that, and that is why I was pushing myself to wait to edit for so long, but with my writing style and how my inspiration works I see something I wrote days or weeks ago again and it is witty and perfect and go AHA! I can do this. I am a good writer, and it sparks more confidence in myself and makes me want to continue.

So I guess what I am saying is that it is okay to stop and edit. It is okay to sit back and admire your own work and add upon it. I think for me editing helps me remember small details to add in the story later. Example, yesterday I was editing the very first page of my current project and I was reminded that I needed to put in why she was even away from her horse in the forest to begin with. Why was she traipsing alone in a dark forest without even the companion of her horse. The reader does not know and if it made me think of the question I am sure some future reader (if I only get so lucky) would probably ask the same question. It makes sure that you cover your loose ends before you have so many loose ends that your book isn’t flushed out, doesn’t have the round-ness of completion.

Well these are my thoughts, I would love to hear what you all have to say. So until next time, have a wonderful day!

Determining the Progress of Your Novel

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I see many different authors righting about the progress of their novel but I know there are so many different ways to determine how your progress is going. I know some authors use mathematics based on word count and previous writings to know how long their current work is going to be and how far into they are, but then others do it based on number of chapters and others base it on an outline of ideas they want to incorporate into their novel. There is good sides and bad sides to each one of these methods.

With the word count you can use an exact percentage of when you are going to be done and it gives you a good place of what market your book can jump into once you are done. For example, for a romance novel you probably don’t want to be writing something that is 300,000 words, heck most first time authors should not be writing something that long. But if you want to work your way into epics say in fantasy around 100K to 200K words is probably a lot more reasonable and for romance probably around 80,000 words.  However, what if your story also ends completely at 80,000 words or you find you need 30,000 words more to complete it? Are you going to sit there at 80,000 words and flush out your story so much that the detail will become overwhelming? or are you going to stop 30,000 words short to keep it within the boundaries of the parameters that you made for yourself, probably not. So even though you use math to try to determine your progress it might not always be accurate.

With doing a chapter number it is pretty much the same with the word count in the way with mathematics. It is still more a math formula for trying to figure out how many chapters you use based on other stories or other books that they have read and similar writing style. However, if you want only 18 chapters but you find that you really need 30 to complete your whole idea are you going to make too jam packed chapters that the story no longer flows or the same problem  you wanted 30 chapters but now you only have 18 are you going to make your story more choppy so that it is longer or you have the number of chapters you want. Some novels I read have one page chapters, and that is fine if they have a complete thought, but you don’t want all of your chapters to be that short potentially because you wanted the number of chapters. The problem is basing your count again based on a set number is hard because again it is not always accurate but it is also on both of them judgement of what you want to write. You can have a good judge of how long your novel or novella is going to be without having to set specific boundaries of how many words, and you can determine how many scenes there are going to be.

Again with doing an outline you don’t have the math of really doing how many words you want but you have the view of the progress of the ideas you have on your outline and what you want to incorporate into your story and check them off as you go. It is great because you make sure you get everything you really wanted into the story you are writing but I also know of a lot of people who don’t always write their book based on a strict guideline of an outline. An outline being more fluid and being able to change when you get that moment of inspiration. The ability to change something mid-way through the story to add to more suspense or a different chain of events. If that happens you would have to rework your whole outline, which is fine, if you have also another way to calculate your progress.

Which brings me to my final point, all of these ideas are fine by themselves but all have big flaws within in them. One by itself is just not enough. I believe that to make sure everything works out the best way for your progress is really to use at least two of these methods.  I think it is great to have an outline to see your progress and adjust either one according to what you would like your end goal to be. Example being word count and outline, if you get a great idea and want to change your outline you can also adjust the word count to either be smaller or larger to incorporate more things in your story.

Those are my thoughts anyways, and I would love to hear what you do to keep progress of your “Work in Progress.”

Story Board or Going From the Seat of Your Pants?

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Story board or going from the seat of your pants? This is a question that I often ask myself before and during writing something, especially something as long as a novel.  Do I want to know all the adventures my characters are going to be going on so I properly know how to lead up to scenes or do I want to go where the story takes me and if I need to go back and edit later so be it? I have tried it both ways and I can see the pros and cons with both methods.

With a story board I can clearly see how I need to build up a character, to make them grow to evolve to the story I want to achieve, the events that I want to unfold.  I can easily predict when an enemy may “pop” out at the characters and plan for an exit strategy. However I find that I don’t really get to surprise myself with unexpected twists or new relationships that I might not have been seen from the first stages of planning. I seem to sometimes get stuck in the formula of what the outline or plan is instead of catering to my character and their own growth.

Moreover, without a story board I am able to let the story develops as it wants to develop. Sometimes it takes a lot of editing on my end to make sure all the details are in the correct place but I find that my characters develop a little bit more naturally, they grow into themselves and are put in situations they really don’t know how to get out of. It is rather instead of me telling the characters story the character is telling me there story and I am just happening to write it down to capture the moment.

To me I think I need a way to merge the two together, to make it more like real life. People going through their lives may plan to go to collage, have a family or a career job or both, they may plan to take a vacation every year and retire when they are sixty-five but sometimes those plans just don’t always happen as you thought they would happen and those obstacles in our way is what defines us as ourselves, they add to our growth.  That is the ultimate goal for me, I know some writers use story boards and some are completely able to go from the seat of their pants but I think many of us like a little of both. A little excitement we might not even been expecting from ourselves and from our characters but know the end goals of what we want out of our work.

My thoughts anyways, what are yours?