I tend to find that when I am working on a novel project it generally takes about 50 pages or 12,000 words before the real basis of the story itself is charted. Usually by about page 50, about three quarters of what I had originally mapped out as the course of the story has gone into the scrap heap. Or at least that stuff is stashed away for a possible future story. Under the Darkened Moon followed this rule which I did not even consider a rule when I started writing it as it was my first project. However over time the law seems to be holding true. I have at least 50 pages completed in several other novels and each of them have resulted in 75% of the planned course being discarded or seriously revised. Be it The Half-Orc Princess, Cry of the Golden Wyvern or Her Lovely Blood, the 12,000 word rule has been a nemesis to the finest laid plans for each of them. Even a project I just started today as a sort of test story, The Arrow, completely went off in another direction by the 1,500 word mark and is, honestly, better than what I had sketched for it.
I attribute this to the fact that I seem to work better when actually writing than postulating and sketching things out. I just cannot see how everything fits together until I start actually writing the actual text. Maybe some other writers can. But I cannot. So I am just accepting this and embracing.
Now here is an interesting thing that I have been dealing with. At least it is interesting to me, while also frustrating, so I am going to write about it.
I have been working on the story Cry of the Golden Wyvern and part of the story, early on, is about the sexual liaison between two of the characters. This however has been a sticking point for parts of the story because it requires writing about sex.
Usually when I comes to writing about the act of sex in a story I set up the scene, fade to black, and then pick up afterwards. I am not in the business of writing erotica and my approach has worked well. I like letting the reader figure out what is going on in their own mind. (more…)
One thing I have discovered very quickly is that there are some people, be they writers of fiction or readers of the same, who hold some very illogical opinions. One such thing I find people very passionate about are the means though which an author should provide back-story. More than a handful of people say really strange things on this topic. Like, that they don’t read prologues because if it isn’t part of the “main” story then they are not interested, and that the author should give all information the reader requires during the course of the story.
This boggles my mind! Because prologues always have been considered parts of the stories to which they belong. Many famous and great works of fiction have prologues. Are people who so ardently claim to be against prologues saying that when they read absolute classics like Romeo and Juliet that they skip the prologue? Nonsense! Silliness! (more…)
I was brainstorming some ideas for my short story, “The Yoke”, last night and originally had an idea for a possible sequel. I know, a sequel to a story that is only halfway through its first, rough draft? Not only halfway through its initial stages but also a project that is right now #4 on my list of four projects? How presumptuous!
But that is the way I write. While I have a focus, I tend to jump around.
But as I developed that idea in my head and furthered it today it was apparent that the good ideas I was coming up with did not really fit into that world. So I have decided to open a new project which will be called “Wyvern Lord“. I have a couple pages of notes that I will be expanding and working from as I get this new project underway.
I will be updating the project page over the next couple days.