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Writing Hiatus

I have decided to take a writing hiatus until September. After managing 5k during CampNaNo, I haven’t been able to get anything written and I’ve been feeling this constant, nagging guilt like I should be doing something else.

My daughter is off school for the holidays, and with family taking precedent, I am allowing myself to put Zombies and Budgie Smugglers aside until she is back to school.

I may get some handwritten bits and bobs down, but I have taken the pressure off myself for the month. No more writing guilt!

However, the blog posts will continue. Next week, is episode 5 of my First Draft series and it is all about crafting protagonists. Teaser Tueaday will be put on the back burner until September as no writing means no teasers. I am currently, thinking up a post to replace it.


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First Draft: World Building

Where your story takes place is just as important as every other aspect of story telling. Creating a well rounded world helps your reader visualise the story better and it adds another level – hidden depth – to your story.

World building is a lot more than just describing the setting. Here are my tips on what to think about for successful world building:

Landscape

Is your story set on Earth, in space, or a fictional, fantasy world with two suns and a red sky? The reader wants to feel immersed and be able to visual your world.

Laws / Magic Systems

This can include the basic authority hierarchy as in a government system, or the laws of magic and wizardry. You set the limits in your world, and setting limits is extremely important.

For example, JK. Rowling had a wizarding government that created and executed laws so she could keep the use of magic within a realistic, manageable realm with actions and consequences.

Religion

Does religion factor in your story? Do you need to create a new religion for your fictional world? It is always a good idea to think about this, even if you don’t think religion plays a role in your narrative. It may affect other characters or play into the historical side to your world.

History

Is there folk lore or myth in your narrative that dates back in your world’s history? Was there a tyrant King that changed the economy for the worse, or a heroine Queen who saved the people from a dictatorship? Backstory is an important factor in a believable, well rounded world.

Era

Era is more than just stating what decade or century your tale is set in. It is about staying true to the time period in regards to technology, etiquette, and society etc.

Language

A lot of authors struggle when it comes to language, especially if they have to make up a whole new tongue. Knowing your language helps you weave it effortlessly through your narrative without it becoming jarring for the reader.

This topic also follows on from the point above- era. Knowing your era and the language used helps with consistency and realism.


I hope these points have given you some food for thought. As you can tell, they all link into each other, and that is exactly what you want in your world: consistency continuity, and believability.


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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

CampNaNo ends in tomorrow, and I have resigned myself to the fact that I won’t reach my target of 9k. However, I’ve written 5k this month so far. I will probably squeeze a couple hundred more in today, but I am okay will the progress I have made this month.

Here is a teaser from one of my latest writing sessions:


Join me tomorrow for a post all about POV.


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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

I totally see light at the end of the drafting tunnel now. I may be behind with CampNaNo, but I do think I’m getting somewhere.

I am considering doing my cover and blurb reveal soon.

Until then, here’s another teaser:


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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

I’m well into the swing of CampNaNo now. I feel like the end is in sight for this novella. Well, the end of the first draft anyway.

I’ve written a lot of relationship dynamics this week, and that’s where I shine (if I do say so myself). Here’s a teaser for you:


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Teaser Tuesday

CampNaNo started yesterday, so I am hoping for a fab selection of teasers to choose from over the next month. Today’s teaser is from yesterday’s mini writing session.

Pop by tomorrow for more information on the upcoming blog series!


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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

It feels a little strange not having NaNo to keep me accountable for my word counts, but no fear, I’m sticking to it. I have decided to post my daily word counts to my Instagram stories from now on.

Anyhoo, you’re here for a teaser, right? I had plenty to choose from this week… thankfully.


I’ll see you tomorrow for my Character Interview post with Adam Lovick. Whoop!


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