Writing Book Three: Turning TideĀ 

Today I’ve been working on the third book (Turning Tide) in my upcoming fantasy series: The Rise of Isaac. I’m up to 34,937 words! (I do love aiming for a round number it’s so satisfying so I’ll be adding those 63 words promptly!) 

I got to wondering about whether one day I’ll have readers who are as passionate about this story as I am. I remembered a time when I was starting out writing where I had no faith in my words and doubted myself constantly! It felt like this…

  
And, oh yes!, I still get these moments! But I’ve learned to have confidence in my work because, if you don’t, no one else will. 

So write like no one is reading and pour your heart into every word no matter how much doubt tries to poke at you! Poke it right back (in the eye!)

  
Good ol’ Erica Jong!

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Extract of Creeping Shadow now up!

Hey guys!

If you have a moment please check out the extract of Creeping Shadow the first book in my upcoming series: The Rise of Isaac.

Rise of Isaac follows the story of Oliver Knight and his quest to save his sister from a lethal curse that links her to the notorious murderer Isaac Rimori and his fanatical followers
 

“May gripped Oliver’s arm and held on, the green light from her key caught in her eyes”

 

Friday Fictioneers – Mo

Great post from The Reclining Gentleman. Check it out and give the FriFic a go!

Here’s mine:

“Ella run!” I say through gritted teeth, pushing her roughly.
She stumbles towards the fence, bracing herself on it with her palm. She turns back and I can see determination burning in her eyes.
“Jake, no. I’m not leaving you,” she says, clutching my shoulder to steady me.
My leg dangles in the dry grass, bent out awkwardly at the ankle. Blood stains the hem of my trousers.
I wince as I try to move it. “You can make it. Hide behind the silo before they see you. I’ll lead them away.”
A high-pitched, moaning cry cuts through the still air.
“They’ve caught our scent!” Ella hisses.
“Go. Now!”

The Reclining Gentleman

FriFic is on us again! This week, as well as writing 100 wordsin response to the prompt pic which Rochelle emailed to us, I intend to link my post to the blue froggy site properly so that I might get some hits!

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How to complete a novel in progress

First things first – DON’T GIVE UP! Full stop. Exclamation mark. Hashtag!

If you’re reading my blog then you probably aren’t at the stage of giving up completely but I can imagine you teetering on a tightrope with your arms swinging wildly. So I say again don’t give up!

Writing a novel is hard. If it was easy everyone would do it! But you’re not everyone. 
  

If you’ve gotten this far then your novel is almost certainly something that you have felt or still do feel incredibly passionate about. If you’ve lost that sense of excitement try to list three things that got you feeling that way in the beginning. 

Here are three of mine for my novel Creeping Shadow:

1. The fantasy world I fell in love with – magic, a lethal curse, a death-defying task, forbidden love! (I still get excited about these things now!) What drives you is your passion. Find it! Name it! Put a ring on it!

2. Mystery – I am a big fan of twists and one of the things that drove me towards the end of Creeping Shadow was ‘the big reveal’. I couldn’t wait for my characters to discover that big shocker at the end! It’s a good technique. If you don’t have a twist then how about just a bit of a suprise? Have a think about your characters and storyline, is there any details you could hold back until the end? – whatever you do the end needs to be climatic afterall it’s what the rest of the story is leading towards!

3. And perhaps the biggest factor of all – my characters. I LOVE my characters. Love love love! Think about yours (particularly your protaganist) and ask yourself how you feel about them. If the answer isn’t that you want to shout their names from the rooftops, hire out a town crier to tell everyone about them or bring them to life frankenstein-style and marry them in Las Vegas (too far?) then you need to do some serious character development. Some people benefit from character profiling but I personally just take time to imagine them in different scenarios. I think about the most exciting moments in my story and play out the scenes, heightening the stakes and even imagining terrible things happening to them and their loves ones (I know, I know I’m an imaginary murderer) but try it! It should really tug at your heart strings when those characters mean something to you and it’s helped me come up with some fantastic moments I can adapt for my novels!

So if you’ve given this a go and you still feel like giving up on your novel then you’re probably in a pretty dark place by now (finger on the dial button for takeaway? Angrily stroking your cat who, let’s face it, has had enough of your pestering? Watching your go-to feel-good film and sobbing loudly thinking you could never come up with a story as good as that one?) – believe me when I say I’ve been there!

But what you need to do (and by all means take time to scoff that takeaway, try to win back your pets love and skip back to the start of that comfort film amd watch it again before doing this) is continue writing, one word at a time. If you’re stuck trying to fill a gap between one scene and the next just skip it! You can fill it in later. I’ve done this countless times and, trust me, when you go back to it at a future date you’ll find it easy to fill that space. Just focus on getting a first draft done. Focus on getting to the end. Don’t worry about how well it reads, the spelling, the fact that you mentioned a character walked into a scene then forgot about them for three hundred pages! Don’t worry! The first draft is made for fixing.

And the final resort:  Write the end of your book and work backwards. (That’s right break all the damn rules!)

The middle is always the hardest. You’ve run out of gas from you’re high speed, super exciting beginning that you’ve had cartwheeling inside your mind forever and you can see the end in the distance like a tiny dot on the horizon. But this is not a race. That dot can be closer than you think. So, if all else fails, write the end and I bet you it will spark a hundred new ideas for the middle.

And one final thing to encourage you…

The moment that you finish your first draft feels like this:

  
That’s right…still don’t wanna finish it? More fool you…More. Fool. You.

Welcome

Hello!

So what am I doing here and why should you care?

Well!

I’m working on a YA fantasy series called The Rise of Isaac

I’ve currently written, rewritten, torn-up, pieced back together with cellotape and finally finished (*bites knuckles*) the first book in the series…wait for it… Creeping Shadow!

I’ve also got a very close draft of my second book Bleeding Snow and am currently writing the third installment Turning Tide.

So where are these books and why can’t I buy them!? – I hear you cry

I am going to be releasing Creeping Shadow later this year and am hoping (desperately!) to gather some interest before the launch.

Check out my pages:
Ely’s Notes are based on the character Ely Fox and (I hope) will give an intriguing insight into the fantasy world I have in store – all pictures and diagrams are of my design!

Also have a look at my page Upcoming Fantasy Series for a blurb of the first book and let me know what you think!

"One world is connected to the next and that one is connected to another, all via Gateways" - Ely Fox

“One world is connected to the next and that one is connected to another, all via Gateways” – Ely Fox