I had been hoping to post this on Sunday but a few things happened so I couldn’t. Also because of those same things I am now behind about 5,000 words. This is easily manageable as it is still within the range of my ability to write tons of words in one day. If you look at my author stats page you will see that the most I have written in a day is over 9,000. But because of this I will need to write for a little longer than I normally would, especially if I ever want to reach the climax which should give me at least a few thousand words.
I am finding the same thing I always find when participating in NaNoWriMo. There are many things my story is lacking such as sufficient worldbuilding to make it seem believable, minor characters which would add a lot to this story, and more. I spent the first 7,000 words writing the introduction so that all the major characters could be known by the time the inciting force came along, but they are highly underdeveloped, especially Nyfo who is the main character. I even ended up adding a bully character to add conflict before the inciting force to make it easier to introduce some of the characters but I ended up calling her Fua which is way too similar to one of my other protagonists who is called Fora.
So now I’m writing after the inciting force and the characters are all reacting to this happening. I may have added a few minor plot points here and there to make the plot more streamlined (i.e. making two characters run into each other a while before they actually meet, creating a third perspective character). I am also noticing things that I need to focus on during later drafts and revisions. This is good. You are only supposed to write your first draft during NaNoWriMo and first drafts are supposed to be awful. They act as the true starting point for writing stories so I don’t really care that it needs a lot more work. Besides at this point I actually think that this novel is the most likely of all my NaNoWriMo novels to actually get published in the near future. The First Dragon was put back on the drawing board especially after I changed all the lore. The Fatal Deception was dropped without a word. Lies Over Secret Truths was set aside for a while and I will return to it after I have some more inspiration. So yeah since A Faerie Alone is set apart from my big world, doesn’t contain any of the dark topics I sometimes write about, and may or may not have a sequel someday, I may actually succeed with finishing it.
Anyways I also wanted to tell you guys that I will be taking a step away from this blog. It won’t be a complete step as I will still be posting things regularly, but rather than posting daily I will be posting about three posts per week. I don’t know how long this will last but hopefully I will return to my normal schedule after November. If I don’t I will be returning at full force in the new year when I will also be announcing my super secret project #2. Here’s a hint: cela implique la charité! I will also be starting a couple more blogging series that may or may not replace worldbuilding tips and give me something to post on Sunday’s.
I will be posting another NaNoWriMo update next Thursday. If you want to talk about how your novel is going you can comment below. If you don’t or you’re not writing a novel than see you next Thursday, or maybe tomorrow when I post a prewritten anime review. Whatever. Until then Happy Writing.
A word processor is anything that you can use on an electronic device to write. The one I use is Microsoft Word. Word is perfect for what I need it for, plus I have yet to have any problems with it that aren’t caused by me being stupid (like having an entire assignment written on Word being corrupted because I saved it only on my flashdrive, remember always save your work in more than one place and always use the safe remove option). There is also a similar word processor on Apple products which I’m pretty sure does pretty much the same thing, though I don’t know much about it because I’ve never used a Mac in my life.
Word is a good word processor to use and is fairly easy to get. However there are many more that you can choose from. There is also Google Docs which is like Microsoft Word only online and free with any Google account. It works pretty well and allows you to easily collaborate with other writers, but its online which is something I don’t like much. Another word processor which I’ve heard writers talk about before is Scrivener. I’ve never used it before but after some research I have discovered that it allows you to keep everything you need for writing in the same program, so basically your outline, background material, characters, and settings. It is useful for writing longer works and though you do need a subscription to use it after your free trial, there is a 30 non consecutive day free trial which basically means that you can use it for 30 days worth of actual work time without a subscription if you want to try it out. You can download Scrivener for the free trial here.
There are other word processors of course, but they tend to not be as good as the ones I just wrote about. There are some which can be very motivating in the fact that if you stop writing for too long it will start deleting words. There are others which make writing a literal game. You don’t really need much in a word processor, but if you want to you can search Google for word processors. You may find something that suits you better than Microsoft Word or Scrivener.
In truth Kinra really wanted to continue that conversation. There never was anyone around her who could understand what she had been through, to whom she could tell her story. But Maristela didn’t look like she wanted to talk anymore. Maybe it had something to do with her amnesia.
Kinra had been born in the Forest of Stars in a small village. She never liked the village but she did like the forest that surrounded her. She would go exploring and she would come back with handfuls of star flowers. The adults scolded her for it each time because star flowers were sacred in the forest. But no matter how often they told her to stop she continued exploring.
But one day she found a cave which went deep into the earth. She went inside after getting a torch and explored that as well. Once she reached the end she found a large glass sphere. She touched it and it fell off its pedestal. She tried to fix it but she was caught by one of the elders. It turns out that sphere was sacred to the people of the village and she had committed a major offense to the village by breaking it. She was banished and forced to travel. She never stayed in one place for more than a few months.
If only she hadn’t wanted to break away from the norm as a child, maybe she would have still been living in that village. But did she really want to stay there. In the village life was so normal and boring. At least now she had the chance to do what she wanted. At least now she could meet strange new people.
So yesterday I changed the story that I will be writing during NaNoWriMo 2017. Shortly after I did this I made a plan for how I’m going to do the planning. In the past I’ve used multiple methods. In 2014 I made a simple character sheet for each character and didn’t do much after that. In 2015 I attempted using the snowflake method. Last year I again attempted using the snowflake method. I am what you would call a planster which means that I plan a little bit, but only enough save time during writing. So basically only characters and settings.
This year I want to do something a little different. This is a method that I hope will work better for my writing style. It also doesn’t require weeks to do. Here’s my current plan.
- Write a summary without doing anything else beforehand
- Outline the characters. Major characters get detailed character sheets, minor characters get simple character sheets
- Write another summary while keeping these characters in mind
- Outline the setting. This means that I will name towns, write about the history important to the plot, detail the different sentient species, develop every setting that will be used in the story, etc.
- Write another summary while keeping both the characters and setting in mind
- Outline anything else that needs to be outlined
- Write a summary after that
- Write a summary within a week of November if one hasn’t been written that week already to put story back on the mind
So yeah, that’s my plan. I know that it involves writing a lot of plot summaries but the idea is that the summary will change at least a little bit as I create characters and settings for the story. The summary will also change over time and since November is still over a month away. Besides I already wrote the first plot summary and it only took me about an hour. I will spend more time on the characters and setting than I will on the plot summary either way. Also just in case you were wondering this is a very vague plot summary so I will have room to maneuver the plot as I write. Its not a good idea to restrict one’s self when writing a story, but it is a good idea to at least plan a little bit.
I have decided to change my plans for NaNoWriMo this year. Before I was going to write the first drafts of several of my already planned out stories of which I have a literal ton, but now I will be focusing on a single story about a girl who finds herself trapped in a world that is not her own where some people want her dead. You know how sometimes you are just cooking spaghetti and you get the perfect idea of a concept for a story that you then go and develop? Yeah that is exactly what happened to me.
The title of the story right now is “A Fae Alone”, but that is bound to change. It is about a fae girl who falls into an interdimensional portal and finds herself trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong. As she tries to survive she learns of something that may allow he to return to her home and she meets both people who become her friends and people who become her enemies. This will be a fun story to write, especially since this type of story is my specialty.
Oh yeah and sorry about not posting at all yesterday and late today. It is super hot and that makes it super difficult to write.
Plot maps can be very useful when writing a story. For one they allow you to know exactly what is supposed to happen next and can help you make decisions if the events on your map need to change so that you can change the future scenes as necessary. They can basically help you organize your thoughts related to the story.
Another thing you can use them for is to help you visualize how different characters are connected and how different events relate to each other. You can do this by drawing
The two women walked silently along the road through the Valley of Fire. Maristela kept stealing glances at Kinra. She wanted to ask so many questions but she neither knew which question to start with or have the courage to break the silence. Finally the silence was broken when Kinra asked Maristela something.
“So what brings you to the Valley of Fire?” she asked.
“I don’t know.” She replied. “I did just wake up without any memories you know.”
“Oh yeah. How did I forget?” she put a finger on her lips and looked upwards.
“Um. Why did those people not like you very much?”
Kinra sighed. “It’s a long story, but since we have a long walk ahead of us I might as well tell it. You see I was born in the forest to the south of this valley. It’s known as the Trillium Forest because of all the trillium flowers that grow there. It’s a beautiful place. I wish I could return.”
“Why did you leave?”
“I was banished from my home village so I decided to travel the world. I came to that village and their blacksmith had just passed away leaving no one to make and repair tools and since I had some experience as a blacksmith I took over. I’ve only been there for a few months.”
“Are they not stoneborn?” Maristela asked.
“No. They are known as the fire forged. It’s said that centuries ago a fire raged through this valley and killed off most of the people who lived here. Those people were the descendants of those survivors.”
“I see.” She didn’t want to pry further, but she was still curious as to who exactly Kinra was. She hoped that one day her newfound friend would find solace in her. And Maristela was too kind to ask such prying questions.
They continued walking in silence.