Witch Book – A Story I Wrote in Record Time – Will I Ever Do it Again?

Four years ago, I published Witch Book. I was able to set a record for myself when I wrote that book by having the first draft done in 90 days. It just seemed to flow across the screen. I did struggle with the world building. I hope to master that by the time I write the next book in the Orgarlan Series.

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The cover has changed a couple of times since I first published it, but the story has remained the same. It is one of my all-time favorites for my readers and myself.

I kind of drifted away from Orgarlan and went back to writing contemporary. It is a tendency I have when I write, moving back and forth between genre.  Not that I don’t like writing fantasy. It is my most favorite to read. I also like suspense, mystery, action and adventure. Romances are my newest endeavor, which I find is hard to slip into my stories.

I never considered myself to be a romanticist. We all have different opinions of what a romance novel should be. I hear the main ingredient for romance is the happy ending. Cinderella comes to mind, she and Prince Charmin lived happily ever after.

As I write in the coming months I will be concentrating on finding my happy endings to any story I plot out. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of plotting and planning. Instead of writing diligently on the next thing, I’m planning and plotting out one story after another. A pile of them is starting to form.

The first step in writing a story is planning. I want a plot outlining every event that is to take place in the story before I head out. When I get stuck in the plot, then I move on to the next plot outline. My goal is to have a big stack of them that I will be able to work off of when I’m finished with getting my degree.

I’m really looking forward to my composition classes. I have a feeling that my blog posts will center around those two classes once they start.

I believe my inability to write for the past six months has been due to the need to fill the brain with facts and knowledge. Lack of confidence too probably has had something to do with being blocked. Recently, I’ve been finding my self-confidence once again. Making the Dean’s List helped along with this sudden resurgence of co-workers taking an immediate interest in Witch Book.

I recently told one co-worker, if a sudden demand happened, I probably would be motivated to write the next book in the Orgarlan Series.

GRRM takes several years between books. Though his books are over a thousand pages long. I can understand why it takes him so long to write the next book. Mine are not as long, but world building takes a lot of thought, especially when you want to build some sort of back story to tie a series together.

I have three weeks left to this term. I wonder how many plot outlines I can make in the next three weeks?

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Wednesday – Wicked #ROW80 Check-In

It’s Wednesday – Wicked.

Some would say Hump Day.

I’m so tired of that phrase.

For the past month, I have been struggling with my wip to the extent that I was threatening to bury it out back. Good thing the ground is still frozen.

So after visiting a bunch of fellow ROWers today I was able to inspire myself to write 400 words on that crappy file.

This is a feat. First off, my Mom decides that it is time to chat. She always knows when I’m getting ready to write or am writing. I swear she watches for me to reach for the keyboard and takes this as a signal to strike up that conversation that never happens any other time. It’s just one of the dangers of working in the living room during the week.

I could go off to my office, but if I do that then she gets all pouty cause there is no one else who will sit with her while she watches TV. She’s going on 74 this year, and I don’t know how many years she has left to share with me, so I try and make the best of it, even when I’m trying to write.

Shhh – please let me finish this post – There we go again.

Well after attacking the file tonight I figured I would come up with a check in post. I like adding pictures to my posts many times, and I was trying to think of what it would be for today when it dawned on me, I don’t know what Treea looks like. She is my main character so I had to go and find a suitable model of her and here it is.

It might even help me by knowing what she looks like. I already know what her counterpart looks like. He’s my cover art.

Do you know what your characters look like?

Have you searched for a model of them?

I’d love to hear about your latest work in progress. Tell me a little bit about your main character, your welcome to share in the comments below.

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Marching your Manuscript Onward

 Now that we are three weeks into September I have noticed how I have not been posting as much as of late. I have decided to try and actively change this. And, thanks to Kait and her ROW80 Challenge, I believe I’m ready to get my butt into gear and stick with her posting schedule. My focus this year will be on writing discipline.

So, now that I have you all here I have to tell you about a newbie writer who recently attended their first critique session. I heard how she was not fully prepared for what she was about to walk into. Supposedly this session turned out to be a horrific experience for her. What a shame, critique sessions are meant to be a writer’s tool. The feedback one gets from such a group is priceless.

Maybe some people think that just because they are college graduates the first book they write will be perfect.

I don’t know about that unless you are some kind of genius who has the imagination of a schizophrenic. The writing process just does not happen that way.

We all think our stories are great when they are coming straight out of the box. Pride can get in our way in the beginning. The best writers have replaced their pride with a deeper understanding as to how great stories are created.

You may call it collaboration when a critique group is used, but when you bounce a story idea off someone else’s mind and they tell you what they understand your story to say is two different things.

I saw this with Along Came Neil. This book took part in my first critique session. One chapter, mind you, can change the whole course of your story. Just one chapter is all it takes to rid yourself of anything that comes across as back story, or that unnecessary prologue. – who reads prologues anymore anyway?

So to that newbie writer – my heart plays that sad, sad song for you  😦 , but what are you going to do about your manuscript? Do you give up that easily? Why did what they say hurt so much? Could they possibly be onto something?

If I were you, I wouldn’t give up. Listen to what they said. Critique groups are there to try and give you a view of your story from a reader’s angle. Use it as for what it is, your very first review. If you reacted to the critique group that way, how will you take your first one star rating? Believe me, we all get them at one time or another.

Which leads us to another topic for a future date: Revisions and editing…

ROW80 Check-In:

Revisions – for the past two months I have been working on Revisions of all my previously published works. I’m kind of on a roll with only one book left to go.

Since Along Came Neil came out during the beginning of July I decided to revise the whole series, which does have its benefits, like fixing proofing errors, and story gaps. This is a good thing. By starting at the beginning of the series, this helped me make sure that the story remained on track, right to the end. Along Came Neil brought a lot of closure to the story. I can either continue the series or let it end. I feel confident that I did achieve a decent ending. Now all I can do is wait for my readers to tell me what they think about the story.

In the meantime, I moved on to my fantasy series. I actually had no choice but to go over the story once again if I’m to start working on the next book in this series. I don’t keep a time line. (I should – shouldn’t I?)

So by doing a revision of the fantasy series I am not only raising the quality of the story but I am regaining where I was at with the story.

I have about thirteen chapters left to go. Maybe I will be done by this weekend so I can start coming up with my next plot.

So while I regroup my fantasy series I hope, even if you have had a terrible critique group experience you will keep your Manuscript Marching Onward. The parade only stops if you stop marching.

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