I am still actually writing the full length novel hoping a short story presents itself. I have two ideas so far on that front from what I have written. Again, there are lots of back stories that could make good short stories but I have to be interested in telling them first and foremost. Only two are interesting to me right now.
It is funny how writing fiction seems to work for me. My mind is about 10 chapters ahead of my fingers. I even already have and ending, which seems logical and sound, flushed out. This is at times a little confusing though because sometimes the story starts to wander away from that ending. By knowing the general ending it helps me keep the story on track I suppose.
What I am doing is keeping notes on where I want the story to go with each successive chapter. Some days I just do not feel like writing but feel like only putting down ideas. And it all seems logical at the time. But when I sit down to actually flush out the notes into actual chapters things are working out a lot differently. But usually better at the time of actually writing it. Some plot lines get dropped all together because while they looked good at the time simply did not actually further the story as they were flushed out into the first draft. Or while they may have furthered the story, they would have added pages and pages and pages of story that when I thought about it were not going to actually add anything to the story.
Of course the whole story is still a rough draft.
Things appear to be happening slower in the story than I have outlined which helps too meaning I need less of these plot points to get from start to finish and make a full length novel. It just seems that I have to add dialogue and scenes to make the progression from plot point to plot point more logical. So that is what I am doing. There will always be hang ups though.
Then of course there are the ah-crap moments where when what I outlined just does not actually work out to be the way things have to happen.
Up to 87,000 words now in the story that I did not set out to write. Again, all very rough of course.
I have written a couple thousand more words to my story over the weekend. I’ve started to get into the meat of things at this point where the main character is well on his journey.
While I have at times thrown in some backstory as conversations between characters allow I am left wondering if the entire setting of the story and the overarching world conflict is well enough defined to someone who might be reading this story. To me things are well understood, but I am the writer and not a typical reader. I understand that this is just a first, rough draft but I want to be sure everything makes sense to the reader. I have gone back through much of what I have written looking for places to expound but do not see many if any.
Thus I have opted to go back and write a prologue to the story. Since my setting is a robust world and the story is being told from a limited third person POV (as of right now) prejudices and perceptions of the main character simply prevent major knowledge of the world’s past from being known or seen through untainted opinions.
This prologue may not work out but I am going to try it. It may even get looped into the main body of the story later on. I don’t have an aversion to prologues but I know some authors and readers do for their own reasons. I have seen prologues that work and ones that do no.
I plan on using a standard prologue which is to give background and knowledge to the reader about things that happened before the main story and before the characters of the story were even born. I do not plan on using it to introduce the main or sub characters of the story as a sort of Chapter 1.
Still looking for the short story I set out to write though. Until that crops up I plan on plugging ahead with this longer work.
So I have been sitting down the past couple days and have come up with a bunch of information for my fantasy world. I’ve laid down a lot of important things such as how long the year is, what types of magic exist, the size of the world in question, a back story that sets up why there is the conflict that there is, the pantheon of deities and I even came up with a basic story plot based on all this.
But what started happening actually surprised me a little. I sat down to do some free writing and now, 75 pages and 19,000 words later, I actually have the start of a full blown novel! Not the short story I intended to write!
Bear with me while I grunt in frustration. Ugh! (more…)
I’ve named my first project, preliminarily, “Dark Moon”. This name has significance to the world I have created and also the story that is swirling around in my head.
I will be tracking the progress of this story in future postings as well as under the projects section of this site.
I have been sitting down the past few nights scribbling on paper. Many of the notes are about the world I am creating. I was pretty amazed at how organically the world has sprung up. And right there in the overall world history an idea for a story popped out. Actually it is a variant of the backstory I wrote for one of my favorite characters in the MMORPG Everquest years ago. But it seems to fit this new world with a few tweaks to it. So I am heading down that path.
I wrote the first page just about an hour ago just to see how things worked and to put something onto paper. No name for the project yet. That will hopefully come.
Something I did not think about before was what perspective to use for my story. Perspective is important. It is how one tells a story.
I loathe 1st person narratives because they are so restrictive. I know some people like them. Just not me. Seem like too many “I”s and ” me”s for my taste.
For me stories have always been told from some level of omnipotence or from a limited third person point of view. Omnipotence can sometimes be as restrictive as 1st person. If you don’t do it right, it makes it really hard to hide things from the reader that you do not want them to know and makes building suspense hard.
I like a more limited 3rd person PoV but depending on the story I start to write I think I will have to decide on this later. I think the best thing to do is get a story set and then see how the story works and from which perspective. Something organic and natural should arise.
Well, I am sitting here today wondering where to start. I thought I would just sit here at the keyboard and brainstorm a little bit letting my thoughts come out and see if they lead me to a conclusion.
I have a bunch of half completed novels from years past. But that just not seem like a good starting point to me as an unestablished author in the fantasy/sci-fi field. Finishing up an existing transcript and sending it out without any credentials in the fantasy and science fiction genre would probably be a fool’s errand.
I think my best bet would be to try and get a short story or two or three or four published in a reputable publication. I have a lot of short stories that I have written in years past. But reading them over, and knowing what I know now, they need a lot of work. The basic stories are good, but they could use some tweaking, but some of the prose is not its best.
Why did I pick Mathias Cavanaugh for my pen name? Well, this is why.
This site has not even been up for a whole day and it is already #1 in Google for the name out of nearly 1.6 million results (without using quotes). But I figured it would be that easy. Now I just need people searching for me.
Thanks for stopping by. In the coming days, weeks, months and hopefully years, I will be posting here to discuss my progress in trying to get my fantasy and science fiction works published.
I am an established author, although all my previous work is in other fields of writing and is under other names.
Yes, it is true. “Mathias Cavanaugh” is not my real name. Listen, if you had a name as common and boring as mine you would use a pen name too.
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