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After a heavy session of writing today I finally crossed the first milestone in the creation of my second manuscript: I passed the 20,000 word mark. That might not seem like much to some of you but it’s quite a lot for me. I can still remember writing the first word of the first book, so to think I’ve come this far is quite surprising sometimes.

When I started this book I had a relatively clear sequence of events planned out in my head that would lead from beginning to end (I wrote the end first so that probably helped.) but as they did constantly throughout the first book my characters have pretty much cannibalised most of what i wanted to do: Where i would’ve said “Turn right.” they said “Turn left.” So even now after just the first 20,000 words i have a part of a story that is almost unrecognisable from how I thought it’d look.

That can be good though I suppose – It helped in the first book, some of the best stuff in RISING came when the characters hijacked the story and did whatever the hell it was they wanted to do!

I’m definitely happy my characters are so willing to take charge like that actually. they could just be lazy and do whatever i tell them to but the fact they are semi autonomous yet fictional beings has made this process much easier: Sometimes! I would like to know where they’re going sometimes and they better not mess with my already completed ending because I quite like it. But with another 140,000ish words to go I suppose anything can happen. Stay tuned! 

I sat down in front of my computer 4 hours ago and started writing with the intention of working on Chapter 21 which I had started last weekend, I not only worked on it but actually finished it (It really is amazing how much you can write when you don’t allow interruptions.) but the finished product is not at all what i imagined – I had a nice albeit flexible plan in mind for the chapter, that is where I wanted it to go, what characters were involved etc. and for the most part that worked out fine for about 1\3 of the chapter.

At that point my characters essentially “mutinied” on me. I don’t know what else to call it except a mutiny because it was as if they came to life and forced me to type a completely different chapter than the one I had planned which included bringing in two characters who were not scheduled for an appearance for a while not only did they appear ahead of schedule but they’ve increased the importance of another character who was only ever designed as a sort of ‘background’ type character now it seems she is going to be far more important than even I ever imagined. I suppose my current characters like her more than I thought they would (Silly me for thinking I was in control here right?).

The characters have hijacked scenes and story lines before but they have never taken an entire chapter and turned it into something else entirely, now because of events in that chapter certain earlier things are going to have to be rewritten partially or maybe even changed completely but I’ll worry about that during the red-write\editing phase which is getting closer every day which both excites and terrifies me!

I don’t mind when my characters “take control” it does add a certain element to the process that is missing otherwise and I think it made the chapter better than it was going to be but still a little notice would have been nice.

Thanks for reading.

MJD.

Okay time for a really quick update:

I spent the last week re-writing the first 10 chapters including the prologue, While I did do some writing mostly it was a chance to tidy up the first section of the manuscript, It was starting to resemble one gigantic paragraph which wouldn’t be very readable, So I went through it again page by page and tidied it up, added some stuff and deleted some stuff, I also merged two chapters into one because the ‘break’ between them just didn’t seem logical after all.

I have decided not to spend anymore time on those chapters for the time being, They are by no means perfect yet but I’m just going to leave them as is and concentrate on the rest of the MS, I’ll rewrite them again once it is finished and I’ve received feedback from Beta Readers. Doing this will allow me to start on the “middle” section without spending time on what has already been written which as I’ve found out can be quite distracting. A friend recently said she was too close to her stories to be able to edit them effectively without feedback and I think I’m at that point with what I have written so far – Going over it again could prove disastrous plus my brain has been churning out ideas for subsequent chapters and if I don’t get them down soon they’ll weather disappear completely or drive me insane!

MJD

I took a few days off working on my book because I was offered the rare chance to act as a Beta reader for MYTH – Book 2 of The Guardians Of The word series written by the amazingly talented Jolea M. Harrison, Book 1 cHOSEN was an absolutely brilliant piece of Scifi\Fantasy work and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the genre.

When the opportunity came up to read MYTH a month or so ahead of it’s release how could I refuse? simple I didn’t, Now maybe I had a job to do, that is advising the author of plot content and structure etc. but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t work and play at the same time so to speak.

I loved reading the next adventure in the series and was amazed with all the plot twists, the character developments and the mystery of it all – who can and can’t be trusted – Who does or does not survive (Still not clear after I’ve finished reading) – What has or has not happened? who is aligned with who it’s all incredibly exciting and I think you would be remiss in your duties as a fan of the genre if you don’t read CHOSEN and if you don’t then read MYTH when it is available.

Aside from a few minor spelling and grammar errors there really wasn’t much to contribute to the story though I do hope some of my suggestions go through to the published version.

CHOSEN is available on AMAZON now for Kindle or paperback and I strongly urge you to check out at least one version of it and MYTH when it is available, Personally I have both the ebook and paperback version of CHOSEN and even though I have essentially read MYTH I will be amongst the first to order both the ebook version and paperback version when they are available.

In closing apart from me saying how unbelievably awesome MYTH is may I just say congratulations to Jolea M. Harrison for having a second brilliant novel and the best part is there are still 5 or 6 books in the series to go – YAY.

Now that that most pleasurable distraction is done I’ll go back to working on ORIGINS tomorrow

MJD.

Okay so after a few weeks that prevented me from doing any serious writing I was finally able to sit down today and punch out enough words to get me past the 30,000 word mark – It has been staring me in the face for weeks almost daring me to surpass it and while there were times when I honestly doubted I could do it I fought through that and now I am happy to report that the book is about 1/3 written That might not seem like much but 30,000 is ALOT of words and since the average length of a novel in this genre is 80-90 thousand words I’m happy with the progress so far and I’m starting to think this thing might actually get done and hopefully people will want to buy it when it is – Obviously if people don’t buy it or don’t like it I’ll be disappointed but I am a big fan of this genre so I’m trying to write what I think I would read and so far I’d have to say I would read what’s been written though that might be just a bit biased!

So hopefully if I would read it then many others would too though as I’ve said before after several failed attempts by me to start this story in the past I think I’m at a point where I couldn’t stop writing if I wanted to – the characters even the ones who haven’t appeared yet are floating around in my head screaming for attention and resolution so I’ll either need to type them out nor take anti-psychotic drugs and I don’t think I’d enjoy the latter option very much.

A quick update on the name situation – Last time I said I was thinking about changing one of the main characters’ names and the name of the entire first book, Well I did change the character name, Taking out just one letter made it so much better and I surprised myself by changing another characters’s name too, Not sure why I changed the second character’s name but it is also better now. I decided not to change the book name partially because I can’t think of a better one at the moment and partially because I’m not convinced that “ORIGINS” won’t work – guess time will tell either way.

Until next time thanks for reading,

MJD