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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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Down In The Dumps

Squidward’s face is how my insides feel.

I’m not sure if this phrase (in the blog post title) is used by all who speak English, so I’ll explain it. It means I’m feeling down/in a bad place. Melancholic.

For a start, I know I can’t complete NaNo, but I’ve still got more written than when the month started. However, I’ve already picked flaws in what I’ve written, so nearly all of it will need to change. I thought I had planned out my chapters well, but my chapters are really short and that is also very annoying. It will come on the second draft, but I also have an inability to describe scene/character clothing. If I didn’t tell you it was a fantasy, you’d probably assume one of my characters was on the run in modern day. The only ‘dating’ thing used is a flint spear.

But my writing pursuits aren’t why I’m down in the metaphorical dump, it is still university life. I’m not liking my own head anymore, two and a bit months of my own head is too much. Also, I’m still bored, and I feel less enthusiastic about my course everyday. I’ve just got back from the library after three hours of revision for my exam today, which will no doubt go poorly.

My mood has been frustrating me, as I only pick out bad things in things, like why am I used the word ‘things’ all the time?! Everything annoys me. Plus, it dawned on me today that everything living you touch dies… eventually. That’s a bit poop, innit?

Maybe I’m just on my male time of the month, that’s lasting more than a month. It sums it up when my favourite parts of university have been 130 miles away at home, watching the TV.

Oh, and also, I’ve been ill this last couple of days. That has been getting right on my moobs.

My blog is my release at the moment, so expect more posts like this. I have a day off tomorrow, I think I might go to a museum, and then I might go to the cinema to see Philomena, Jackass, Gravity or Thor (even though I thought the first one was boring and eventless, and I didn’t particularly love the Avengers. Plus, it completely negated the ending of the first Thor film. I can pick a hundred holes in that film). I want to see Dom Hemmingway, but that is out here on Friday. And then, at the end of it all, maybe I will get some more writing done.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

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!