All posts tagged: first draft

Shadow Dawn – Extract

Sweat was running into Tara’s eyes and she could hear her breath coming in ragged pants, but she met Talis’ next blow without wavering. The staves cracked together like trees trunks splitting and she forced the new recruit back a step. Despite her lack of training, the girl seemed to be keeping up. She watched Tara with sharp green eyes and ignored the stray ebony curls dancing in front of her eyes from her bun. She aimed another sharp jab at Tara’s chest and the princess parried it easily. The girl was tiring, leaving herself open to basic, amateur tactics. Tara took the opportunity. She aimed high but at the last second twisted, the soft grass giving beneath her boots as she swept her stave towards Talis’ anke. Oak met oak and the taste of copper exploded across Tara’s tongue as Talis moved like lightening to block the attack and throw one of her own before Tara’s brain could catch up with itself. Staggering back Tara grinned. She liked this girl a lot she decided. …

First Draft Done… Sort Of

So I’ve managed to do it! I’ve completed a first draft of a novel for the first time in my life. Whoohoo! Lets throw a party. Okay, let’s not throw a party just yet, the hard bit is just around the corner. Yes, I have 52,000 words of writing that sort of follows a plot line and gets my characters from where I wanted them at the start of the book to where I wanted them at the end of the book. Yes, all my characters have appeared in that 52,000 words. Yes, most of the major events have been included. NO. The last chapter has not been written. The character development has as much meat on it as an emancipated stick-man. Most of the characters barely do anything except those major scenes and the rest seems a lot like fluff without much relevance. Result: Redrafting is needed in abundance. But on the bright side. I’ve written 52,000 words so I have something to work with. Maybe I will throw myself a small party. I …

Oh Look. I’ve Run Out Of Rope… Drat.

I Just wrote myself off a cliff. Well sort of. Darkened Daughter is now 500 words away from the halfway point and I thought I knew what was going to happen in every chapter between now and the end. Apparently this was not true. I did not know what was going to happen, because my sneaky little brain decided to derail things and throw up a new event that now means one of my character will be out of commission for a couple of chapters. This mean I can’t write chapters eighteen and nineteen as planned, because it simply won’t make sense. ┬áReplanning is now required. Of course I knew that this would happen. It always does when I try to write something. I’m also aware that every single chapter I’ve written so far is too short for its content, bar one that is just short full stop but somehow works. Redrafting will probably have this novel reaching far beyond its 80,000 word target, but I’m not going to say that’s a bad thing because …

Darkened Daughter Update

Today all I could think about was writing, but then I got home and suddenly all that motivation decided it would rather talk to me later and right now there was a really good episode of Star Gate on so it should watch that instead. I’m bad at that. I’m bad for telling myself that something I was really motivated about just an hour before could be done just as well tomorrow and really, right now the sofa/bed/chair is damn, flipping comfy. I’m getting better though. See tonight I sat down, [after Star Gate] and wrote another 600 words of Darkened daughter and over the last week and bit I’ve written close to 12,000 words of the first draft. I’m a quarter of the way through and I now how a fully mapped out plan of where my characters, and more importantly my plot line, are going. Don’t get me wrong, it sucks. It sucks a lot. I’m going to have to go back and tear it limb from limb to try and work out …

Writer Update

For the last four nights in a row I have come home, sat down at my computer, opened word and done absolutely nothing. So instead I went and mined some ore, crafted some cool robes and killed monsters on Rift instead. Then I came back and wrote somewhere between 1,000 and 1,500 words of Darkened Daughter, leaned back and told myself I deserved Star Gate time with the boyfriend. [My new obsession by the way.] For me that’s progress and quite an impressive show of self control. I’m actually managed to sit down and get some of my novel written for four nights in a row, and at this pace it might even by drafted by September. I know! There’s even a deadline coming into things! So for those of you wondering under what rock I appear to have crawled, it is a rock called Darkened Daughter and I’m afraid it’s quite, damp ecosystem is once again calling to be. Farewell keyboard companions! Until my next escape.