Shadow Dawn Updates & Extracts
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Novel Update

This week has not been easy for me and I would like to open this post by thanking everyone who commented on Tuesday night’s post. Your condolences and thoughts meant a lot and it was wonderful to receive such a level of support.

Moving on from my personal issues, let’s talk about Darkened Daughter and my utter uselessness at keeping up with Deadlines. I was going to attempt Nanowrimo this month to see if that would encourage me to get the second draft completely written by the end of November but clearly that plan fell through the floor. Simply put, I’ve barely written all month. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I don’t know what I’m supposed to be writing.

Anyway, I’m trying to be proactive and this evening I’m working on the first chunk of the book which is Tara’s infiltration of Turnkay’s Keep in the Witch Moors.

At the moment the main aspect missing from Darkened Daughter is character development so that is what I’m trying to resolve. In order to give each character some sense of growth and realism I’m trying to focus on each character’s individual storyline and get that written in as much depth as I can. That means writing Tara and then turning to Nicholas and then to the others. I have 50,000 words and nothing that resembles a coherent storyline.

So that is my target for the new year. By January 1st I hope to actually have a full bodied draft that I can sent to readers and say ‘Hey, here’s my story, what do you think?’ That’s the plan at least. Here’s to hopeful thinking.

I’m also well aware that I’ve basically ignored wordpress for the good portion of a month after a burst of being more active than I’ve ever been online. Apologies for that.

Unfortunately I don’t think things are going to get much better any time soon as I’m trying to direct the majority of my drive towards this novel. This life consuming, soul sucking beast of a novel.

I haven’t forgotten you.

I’m just trying to tackle one thing at a time.


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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.

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