Latest Novel Progress!

January 30, 2009 in Fantasy, Novel, On Writing by pacejmiller

It’s been a little while since I gave an update on the progress of my fantasy novel.

What I’ve been up to

If you just looked at my recent posts, it seems like I’ve been preoccupied with other things, such as the NBA All-Star selections, the upcoming Academy Awards, and other news items such as the 100-0 basketball game (I’ve noticed that whenever you mention “religion” or “Jesus” in a post, the hits go through the roof!). 

If you saw me at home, you would think that all I’ve been doing is study (still trying to catch up for the thousands of pages of readings, some dating back to last term!).

However, I have been working on the novel despite all these distractions.  I’ve been writing in the mornings, at nights, during study breaks.  Finding time, I suppose.  And I’ve been loving it!

Where I am up to

laughMy last novel update stated that I had just completed my first sword fight.  Well, now I’m right in the middle of my first battle and things are beginning to get exciting.  My fantasy world is finally starting to take shape, but it’s also only just the preliminary stage – a lot of wonderful and unique characters and fascinating worlds have yet to make an appearance.  I can’t wait to get to them.

I’ve been less worried about the rules and techniques of writing lately, which is probably why I am making more progress.  I’ve still yet to master “free-writing”, but I’ve abstained from reading over each sentence a dozen times before I move on to the next.  I would like things to move a little faster – I get impatient; I want to tell the next part of the story, but I also want to make the current part good.  It’s a dilemma.

Word count

It had been a while since my last word count.  I believe so far I’m on track to keep my promise of 10,000 words a week.  Anyway, the current word count is approximately 35,000 words!

However, I am having second thoughts about my prologue, and I think I will end up cutting it out completely.  It’s one of those prologues where you don’t know what the heck is happening until very later on, and it’s also quite similar in style and pace to the first chapter.  I spent a lot of time on it because it was the first thing I wrote, but I may have to let it go (sob).  If I do, the word count drops back to 33,000.

Next target is 50,000 words!

What’s next for this blog

The blog’s also been taking off a bit, glad to say.  I’ve been putting up posts on whatever I feel like lately, and I think it’s good.  Even though not everything is on writing, at least I’m writing it and keeping the creative juices flowing.  I’ve got a whole stack of ideas lined up, and I’ll be trying to get them out over the next few weeks.  I think I will also go back to doing more posts about writing techniques and fantasy writing resources – get back to my original plans for this blog a little more.