Just to be clear, this isn’t one of those How To articles. There’s tons of them online, and a lot of them make for good reads, filled with tips and tricks. But it is one thing to read articles and another thing to actually do it.
I have spent hours world building, writing notes on the flora and fauna, the different kingdoms, the people and their customs. I’ve even come up with a couple of rudimentary languages to use. But no matter how many notebooks I fill, I still won’t have a novel unless I manage to write that first magical sentence. And a lot is riding on it. It’s the hook, the very thing that will make the reader want to continue reading.
It is easy to cave under the pressure, isn’t it.
Okay, so let’s say we have the first sentence and it’s a great one. Now we just need to figure out how to introduce our readers to the verse we’ve created, and at the same time not bog down the first chapter with a lot of background info. The first chapter should be fast paced and exciting so it draws the reader in and gives him or her a chance to get to know the main characters. Well, that’s the theory at least.
Yeah… I know, there is no real rules when it comes to writing. Other than the grammar, and even they can be broken.
Maybe a slightly crappy first sentence and a slow, long-worded first chapter is just whats fantasy-readers really wants?
Or I could just go back to the ol’ drawing board and start over… *sigh*
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I have, in a very short time, managed to get quite a collection of different types of Marigolds, and I can’t seem to get enough. I just found this darling version on impecta.se and I absolutely must to have it!
It will look perfect in a large pot together with purple salvia and some ivy. 🙂
I’m not gonna lie to you, it’s been a rough couple of days. But now I feel like the writing is finally getting a bit easier. I’ve found the flow again.
I spent most of yesterday ignoring the story and focusing on other things. But after a session of worldbuilding and creative writing with Cyan, I got my mojo back. 🙂 I’ve written almost a thousand world this morning, and with some luck I might manage a thousand more before the day is through.
Not falling behind is good, but the best part is that I’ve gotten back the feeling for the story again. It’s vivid, vibrant and full of colour. In the words of Victor Frankenstein: IT’S ALIVE!
So, I have realized that I drastically need to change the background plot for the story, and have spent most of the day re-writing what I wrote yesterday… It’s the beginning that I can’t seem to get right. I know I should just leave it be for now. You can’t do a lot of backtracking and editing during a 30-day write. Not if you want to write a 50 000 word novel. Well, at least not if you’re me. I’m a terribly slow writer…
Also, I am a master of procrastination. Which is what I’m doing now. Updating the blog when I should be working on the story. And before I decided that the world absolutely need this post, I sorted my notebooks, designed a couple of colouring sheets, matched up all the miss-match socks in the back of the drawer… Yeah, you get the picture… I basically did everything BUT write. I have been very productive. Well, except for in the writing-department.
Okay, enough procrastinating. Time to buckle down and rack up that word count.