My writing progress this week has been slow, but I am still on track to meet my writing goal for this month. I have had an inspirational week when it came to storylines, plotting and even an idea for (yet another) book! I want to share with you my journey about being an author and all the ideas about the craft as well as my own novel as I go along.
This is what made me curse at myself for my lack of preparedness when I started on this venture years ago. If this is the first time you are reading, first of all welcome, and secondly I started my current WIP back in 2012 (I think) but it was nothing I was serious about. I did it as a hobby every once in a while and at the time I thought I was a pantser.... I was so wrong. It works for some but not for others. Since then, I have become serious about this story and from the start of this year have been religiously adding to it and plotting. However, I am ashamed to say I have not properly plotted and though I know in my mind the history of my world, it sometimes surprises me how little I truly comprehend of it. I realised in that moment and many more epiphanies before this one, that planning (at least for me) is paramount.
Despite having a pretty solid outline now, I am still learning about ways my plot could better link together and I know in my heart that this recent revelation is not the last. That knowledge does not scare me, but instead it excites me to my very bones because I am constantly in awe of the extent of a writers imagination and the expanse of which is unknown to the author themselves. Since this is my first draft I am going to continue writing with this in mind, but I will not go back and amend what I have done to date. It will just take so much time considering that fact that I will update my plot line in case I forget or my notebook with all the details gets lost. The other reason I am going to keep going with my work with the aim to fix it all later is because I know that no matter what happens, I need to keep writing and then once the first draft is done I will take apart my frankenstein.
The other thing of note which happened is that I received a new book idea from the muse and it came to me as a scene stemming from one phrase in Heir of Fire. It came to me like a flash of something, that I had only just discovered but somehow I knew of it all along. I could see it in my mind, and I could feel the tug of emotion to these characters I don't even know. All day that one scene and its potential implications has been playing in my mind all day. However, I know it needs to be put on the back burner and I may write it one day, but it is the fourth idea I have had for new books this year. I have a list, I have this one I am currently working on which I have now decided is one of a series of four or maybe more, and then I have another fantasy book series which will be a duology, then I have my children's book series (at least 5) and countless others which includes, but is not limited to, (some lawyer humour) a historical fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance x 2 and another fantasy. Holy Guacamole...
The last thing I want to speak about is the fact that I have turned my stand alone fantasy into four books. I have decided that this is the only way to tell the story correctly and now I am in the process of trying to find out where in my elongated plot line I can end the first book and begin the second. I know where I want to finish my sub-plot, however I cannot seem to find an amazing point to finish the main storyline. I want to do it at the most climactic point but I have a few to chose from. So, I was wondering how did you go about finding a point to finish the first book of a series if you have written one? Do you have any advice for me on the subject?
Thanks in advance for your help!