The Downside of Traditional or Epic Fantasy — October 8, 2012

The Downside of Traditional or Epic Fantasy

In re-evaluating the self-imposed deadlines I set for myself, I started thinking about the wisdom of writing the books sitting in my brain.

On the one hand, I feel like there are so many characters and stories in there right now there isn’t room for more, for different. That’s the biggest factor that makes writing these stories right now so appealing.

On the other hand, all these books hinge on Woven and its trilogy getting published. Events that are the crux of the story in Heirs of the Seven Realms inform the events of pretty much everything else. Characters sometimes cross over from book to book, and sometimes one story’s book will have a side or tertiary character whose offspring appears later.

Someone remind me not to ever come up with and entertain so many stories that cross each other again, okay?

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WiP Wednesday 6/15 — June 15, 2011

WiP Wednesday 6/15

High Fantasy Draft:

I still have no title for the book I’m writing.  But that’s okay.

I’m loving this story.  It’s kind of fun, trying to write a YA high/traditional fantasy.  I’m worried that my MC isn’t sounding teen enough, but it isn’t like she’s a contemporary teen.  Her struggles will be the same, but I think I have a little room to play with the voice.  So, yeah.  We’ll see.

I’m in chapter 3 right now.  I know, slow progress, right?  But the thing is this book only has 15 planned chapters.  (Thereabouts.)  So, there’s wiggle room for adding chapters.

I’m writing this one longhand, off-computer.  Which has its plusses and minuses.  I’ve also decided not to type out what I write until I’m done with the book.  Or when I’ve filled a notebook full of written material.  I think I’ll make that final call when I get there.  But I think I need to fill about 3 notebooks, minimum, to have the book at a decent word count when it’s done.  Maybe four so there’s room for making cuts that will be needed.

Lodestar


This book is in “let it sit” mode.  When I finish the first draft of the above book, I’ll return to revising this one.  I had an excellent brainstorming session with a dear writer friend and now have some very good ideas for what to look at and change in the book.

It’s weird, but I think I’m kind of excited to attack this round of revisions.

How are your WiPs going?