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A Change of Plan.

The grand plan has changed.

I started NaNo with hopes and dreams, and I felt really prepared, I was ready to ‘smash it’. It was all pictured in my head, I even had names, everything felt well.

But, straight away, plot holes. I thought I had ironed things out. By the end of the first chapter, I had already noticed two. I’d already wrote inconsistently in the same POV over two paragraphs.

It is the first project I’ve ever attempted to write. I think I bit off more than i could chew. The idea is still there, I still have what I planned, but I think I need to work on the craft of writing first. It will help me with style, descriptions, lexical choices, everything. I think it is needed. I can sit down here, blab on about nothing with no plan and I think it reads quite well. The second I try to do it with a planned out chapter, fart.

So, I am officially retiring my first book from NaNo 2013. On top of the writing problems, I also haven’t had the time – two exams, coursework to start and finish, and just being tired from university stuff. I think the best time for me to crack on will be over Christmas break.

However, the work has not stopped. My new goal is to write a number of short stories in my world. I’ll write the first one, and publish it for free. Then, if that goes well, then I could publish the rest in an anthology – ‘The Agerian Chronicles’, or something similar.

I vaguely know what I’ll be writing about too. I posted a basic history of the Agerian monarchy some weeks ago, and I have developed it further. The short stories will all be from different eras in the history. The first will be the story of Endrew Blacktree of Fulford, and how he fought a king. I am cracking on with the planning as we speak.

Hopefully, I will have more things writing related posted more frequently. I don’t like to post about writing, as I can’t do it myself yet. Maybe soon.

(In a completely unrelated note, my exams went better than I thought they would, and my parents visited, and I feel my man period has nearly fully retreated.)

Have a good day.

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NaNoWriMo Update #1

It has been slow going so far. I was so excited to get going, had it all in my head, but the second pen met paper, the words just wouldn’t flow.

I seem to have lost the ability to start a sentence with anything other than a name or a pronoun. It is disappointing for sure.

I am a country mile behind where I need to be to meet the target. I can’t believe we’re a week in already.

I’ve switched from pen and paper to computer, for the first time, and I think I’m going to stick to it.

I’m going to have some tea, and then I will be cracking on. Hopefully I can get two chapters done by bed time. My chapters are extremely short. Most people, upon editing, shorten their paragraphs. I aim to double the length of mine. I use few descriptions of the setting, so I’m adding bits in where relevant.

I’m not in uni for three days, and I have no plans, so I should get quite a lot done.

9 DAYS ‘TIL NANO

I said on the 4th October I was going to do/attempt NaNoWriMo for the first time.

It has come up on me fast. I’ve been trying to do more work for university on top of university. Also, I’ve been saying I’m going to go to the gym (I must point out that I’ve done a lot of saying, not a lot of going). Plus, I’ve got an exam as soon as the 31st October, and a couple in November. At £9,000 a year (plus £4k+ on accommodation), exams need to take priority, unfortunately. My course is bloody hard so I won’t be able to ‘wing’ it.

But I guess that is the point of NaNo, putting all that effort in despite everything else, writing every second you’re free for a month. If it was easy it wouldn’t be worth doing, and everyone would do it.

The goal in my head is still the obvious 50k, but I’d be content with about half of that. I’m 18 years old, I (hopefully) have a lot of years left to write this novel. But, I think that would be a solid base to build on, and that would be enough momentum to keep me cracking into December. I get three weeks off at Christmas, so hopefully I have the entire thing finished by the end of that. I’ve never set a word goal, but I guess 80-100k would be nice.

I’ve prepared more than I thought I would have over the last two and a half weeks, with a lot of chapters planned out, more names created and more work done on my map. But, bloody names are still the bane of my life. On the plus side however, 60% of my POV characters have names. They’ll be the ones I crack on with in NaNo.

I’ll be trying hard to do more preparation over the coming weeks, and hopefully everyone can smash NaNoWriMo.

Have a good week everyone x.

World Building: Eliador Weaponry

In my attempt to do things relevant to my novel, other than writing my novel like I should be, I decided to design weaponry for Eliador, a town in Newhaven (TWO NAMES, I’VE BEEN ON FIRE!). This is the hometown of three of my five main characters.

Due to having no official army, weapons are made on demand, with anyone able to pay a blacksmith for their skills. However, there is a town guard, who use this. None of the settlements on Newhaven have ever been at war, but guards are necessary for law enforcement, and also for fighting/defending against tribes that roam the open expanses.

Also, bows, spears and axes are popular as they can be used when hunting. Swords are less common for commoners, but used in the town guard.

I am an awful artist, but I’d say I have above average skill on Photoshop, so I used that to create the designs:

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Green and white are the town colours of Eliador, and the chequered look emblazons its flags/standards. Everything is fairly simple due to costs. Most of the cities on Newhaven are ‘free cities’, with no tax. You earn money through effort and trade. If you want say a sword, then you go chop some wood, and sell it. Their is a chief/head of the town, as men are made to follow, and need a leader.

Due to provision of Iron and cost, plate armour isn’t used, instead a lighter leather alternative is used. Those with enough money often buy chainmail.

I hope you like it!

Writing Update + October Plan

I still haven’t got much writing done.

I have plenty of alone time (I’ve only been in lectures for about 6 hours in the last 10 days), yet I still manage to avoid doing anything productive.

However, NaNoWriMo is next month I do believe, so my goal for October is to have a relatively detailed plan of every chapter I envisage being in the novel.

Then, when November starts, I can blitz it! I can just write and write and write as I’ll know what I’m writing.

I keep finding wholes in my plot, and I’m still trying to flesh out the world. Names are needed, more names are needed, and maybe some more names. Also, just deciding on some names. You probably get the picture at this point.

The problem has risen due to me knowing how it ends (before the planned sequel… Like that’ll happen). However, I don’t know how I’ll meet that ending. So perhaps the ending I’ve envisaged needs to change. A shame, it’d have looked good as a Hollywood blockbuster.

I will keep you updated. I might have a EUREKA!!! moment and write 80,000 words in the next two weeks. We’ll see.