Winter Warrior: the physical condition of the world map is mostly complete; started a pull-out for Winterstorm and am working out cultural/government/commerce details, including some subplots that tie into the main plot.
It’s all encompassing, so I’ve ignored my other writing goals for the week.
Forgotten Star: made some decisions about Korin and his role, and will be making some subtle changes. (However I really need to get working on chapter 2 already.)
Winter Warrior: worldbuilding went really well. The extensive mapping has led me to nation relations issues (yay conflict) as well as some history. I’ve planned the species that habitat each nation with the intent of not filling the world up with humans who rule over everyone else, and I think I’ve done it. Now, for the nitty gritty of each nation and their people who have to appear in this novel.
I also wrote the first line for WW, giving my MC a voice, but strangely it was in the first person. I don’t know if I really want to write an entire novel in first person. So, that’s something else I have to decide in the next few weeks. The line:
No matter what the healers claim, some wounds do not fade with time–they fester. Yet despite knowing this, I step once more into the arena, very much like the one that destroyed my life.
Winter Warrior: Worldbuilding via Mapping. I now have five nations in my world and basic geography that’ll affect their cultures/economies. The world is called “Roka”, meaning ‘rock’.
Winter Warrior: I made the right decision to worldbuild Winter Warrior. Ideas on this world, the characters, and their goals/obstacles have started flowing.
Forgotten Star: I also realized in reviewing Forgotten Star that some character names need to change. Too many K names for prominent characters in the story. Crystal and Korin work well together because the sound is pleasing but the words are visually different. Korin’s twin Katlana is going to be renamed and I’m using the name Katlana for a character in Winter Warrior.
The Crossing: The short story edit is going better. I’ve decided to try another method and it seems to be helping. Previously I was printing, marking up the printed copy, then inputting changes. That’s really duplciate work. I’m trying to edit right into the word document using the track changes feature, which I don’t have much experience using. I used it last night, and made it through a severe edit with only a little elbow grease. Of course, it took me an hour to edit a single page, but it’s much better than it was before.
Critiquing: I’ve read all the material (backstory and current chapter) for Myrddin’s crit. A lot has happened and I’m not sure I have a good feel for his writing style yet, but I’ll muddle through. I see some places where I think I can help, so at the very least he’ll get something from me.
Winter Warrior is my new novel project. Yes, I decided. No, I couldn’t resist. Yes, I know I haven’t finished Shadow of Blood. No, I’m not giving up on it. I’m committing myself to worldbuilding and outlining the new novel, probably for July. In the meantime, when ideas pertaining to this world come to me, I’ll record them. I don’t know when the writing will start, but I typically worldbuild for several months before I begin writing a first draft.
Writing isn’t just inspriation: it’s blood, sweat, tears, lots of printer toner and paper, lots of daydreaming and research, oodles of doubt and self pity, and forcing yourself to continue the story because once upon a time you saw hope in it. When Inspiration is gifted my way, I am compelled to receive it graciously.
I feel like a kid in Toys R Us right now that ditched her mom to play in the plastic clubhouse. I’ve started editing The Crossing and am pleased to say that it is indeed a short story in completion, it merely requires editing; however the glee I’m barely containing here is that these two characters have leapt to life in my mind and are demanding a novel from me.
I wasn’t planning on writing another novel until I either edited Forgotten Star or completed the first draft of Shadow of Blood. Shadow needs a lot of work, including some more worldbuilding before I move into the next part. This new project, I’ll call it Armina’s Tale until I work up a better title, will require worldbuilding and outlining, which is actually much easier than picking up the pieces of an old project. Furthermore, I have 4 short stories to edit and edit again before I start submitting them, and that’s by the end of the year. I had one story making the rounds, but I decided to cut it apart, and it’s still awaiting my attention as well.
For the moment, I’m going to jot down notes and ideas that come to me and stick to the plan for June. I’ll have to decide within the next week or so what I want to do, just so I have a game plan. I’m all right with it changing, I just need to quiet down the plotting that’s afire in my head. It wants center stage, and I need to let it know when that will come.