Lack of Time

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Due to lack of time, energy and personal events, my book has been put on hold.

I’m possibly considering scrapping the text all together and using the outline for NanoWrimo 2013. If all goes well, I will use outlines in the future and have at least the trilogy completed by the end of 2014. That’s only if I focus on just writing first drafts. If I start editing, then it may not be until 2015/2016 that it may become completed. Wow this is strange in talking in years time instead of weeks/months.

I think in the future, I may even include dialogue from my characters to build them up with personality.

There is more personality in a plank of wood than in Ken.

– Miranda
As you can see Miranda is a cow. And seems like she and Ken have had another argument.

Okay, so there is my weekly update, hopefully sometime in the future I will say “Yay I have finished a book,” the likelihood is very unlikely though.

Brendan, signing out.

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New Idea!

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Yesterday, on the way to work I was thinking about my novel, The Last Simicaí, when a new idea came to me. It would change the book a bit, but it would enable me to release at least another two books in the same timeline, which was exciting. The first book is quite impersonal and the battles fought will be mostly external. But the second and third book will be focusing on the characters’ relationships with each other. The fact that it tackles relationships is both an exciting and scary prospect.

Progress (Or lack of…)

The first novel is slowly shaping up, I have a rough idea for the next twenty chapters. But for the actual ending I have no idea. The main character will have to be developed more in the second draft and so will all the conversations and possibly any fights. Also one particular location is getting an overhaul. The ranger camp currently has two large tents surrounded by a archery range to the south and woods all the way around. The problem with this is that moving two large tents around (Large as in the size of a town hall) would be very difficult. Instead I’m just going to have various tents and the tavern will be as mobile as possible which will add a bit more realism.

The Biggest Change

So here we are, finally the change I have made which will affect the novel greatly and all sequels is the main character’s species. Originally he was going to be half man, half monkey. But after getting so far in the book, it became irrelevant so I will be removing it from the novel completely. The main character will be an average human, albeit having to do many battles and being extremely lucky. Since the species has been removed, the actual world will be named Simicaí. At some point I will draw a map of the land. I’m hoping to have the first book’s first draft completed by November. As in November I will participate in Nanowrimo with the second book in the series. Hopefully for once I will complete my target goal, so far this year I have been catastrophically behind.

Well see you all in the next post.

Camp is over, my story isn’t

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So Camp Nano finally ended, did I meet my target? Nope, am I letting the story gather digital dust in my laptop’s hard drive? Nope.

I may have not hit the target, but this time I am finishing the story.

Look forward to some posts on my progress

Camp Nano July 2013

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Hi All, sorry it’s been so long. Been busy with life.

The main topic today is Camp Nanowrimo for July 2013. If you haven’t heard of it before, it is where writers from all over the world write a novel in a month. Nanowrimo in November is the main event, while the two camps which I believe are in April and July are a bit more relaxed on the word count.

I’ve set my target at 30,000 words, so far I have written 11K words, so I am on target, so what is this story about and what has happened so far?

The book is called “The Adventures of the Last Simicaí”, this is just a temporary title until I have completed the book, if I create a sequel then that will be the name of the series. But I probably won’t make one until next year’s Nanos. This November I’m hoping to return to The Unbroken book I was writing last November. Anyway back to the subject of the current book. It follows the adventures of Kenneth, a Simicaí which is a cross between a human and a monkey. They basically have a tail and are far more agile than humans and a bit shorter. So they are undistinguishable from humans when in clothing. So far in the book Ken has been sent to train at the local forest archery range to train so that he can go save his friend and the person that they were with when a wizard appeared.

I will try to keep an update at least once a week, this will hopefully motivate me to hit the target long before the end of the month.

6 Days to Go

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So only 6 days until the NaNoWriMo.

I’m feeling pretty nervous, yet excited at the same time. It’s all I can think about.

Planning
Planning wise I’ve so far got a plot and all the main characters. The genre? Definitely fantasy, it was going to be sci-Fi but I haven’t recently watched or read much of it for a while.

Even though I’ve got an outline I doubt I’ll reach 50K at the end of November due to commitments, but I’m going to try.

If you’re having a go, got any tips? Best food to eat? Music to listen to? Places to write?

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Didn’t know anything about this annual event. Will be trying it November and will keep you all updated. 50,000 words in a month? That will be a challenge.

CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts on November 1st.

For those of you unfamiliar with it, the idea is that you pull out all the stops to write 50,000 words of a new novel in 30 days, or around 1,670 words every day during the month of November.

Every year around this time, something else starts too: NaNoWriMo Snobbery. Professional writers, who the other eleven months of the year seem like the nicest, most generous and friendliest people, suddenly start tipping their noses in the air and saying or even writing things about how NaNoWriMo and the people who partake in it are belittling their profession, ridiculing their craft and making a mockery of the 1,670 words they write every single day of the year in order to make a living.

Now, usually I just grit my teeth and try to ignore it, but this year I’m finding it impossible—and…

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Metaphor and Simile

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Metaphor and Simile.

The above blog is really helpful for developing writing skills. Today’s post is about Similes and metaphors. Very useful vehicles for describing. Will be trying to incorporate them more in my blog.

I have found my writing style leaves plenty to be desired. So will be over the coming months try improving my grammar etc. Hopefully will make each post more enjoyable to read and easier to relate to.

Anyway, speak later.

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