As some of you will know, I have entered into the world of book writing. It is a very scary concept but also so much fun and I must say, it’s very fulfilling. When you write 1000 words or something it makes you feel good. I don’t know, it’s that feeling you get when you paint a picture that you’re proud of. Like giving yourself a pat on the back.
Anyway, I’m rambling.
I thought I would dedicate this post to where I’m at with my… Novel. (That word sounds soo good!)
It’s a scifi, space themed, humanoid, action romance. Which kind of sounds like everything in one, but trust me… it works, or it does for me anyway.
At the moment, I’m on chapter three and it’s going good. Though I feel as though I’m making things hard for myself because half of my story is on Earth and the other is on the ‘Purple Moon’. So like Game of Thrones does a chapter per character, I’m kind of rolling with the idea that I’m going to do a chapter per planet, which makes it less complicated. To show what planet we’re on, I was thinking of doing a sketch of Earth and a sketch of the Purple Moon and putting them under the chapter’s title so that readers know whether or not their in outer space. Just to give them a heads up – but that’s all aesthetics so it’s kind of at the back of my mind at the moment.
As I said in my earlier post about writing a novel this story that I have in mind has been part of my life for a long time. I think I was about 12/13 years old when it first came to life. I’d doodle the characters in the back of my text book and imagine great adventures for them to be getting up to, but all of this was just in my imagination and nothing ever came of it. So about a month ago now, I started to write down what had been in my head for all of these years.
It was terrifying.
I’d thought of so much that I could see loop holes and things that just didn’t look or sound right when they were on paper, but made perfect sense in my head. Before actually getting down to write this thing, I decided to make a plan. I mean, you can’t really go wrong with a plan and it meant that all of my story lines and thoughts were put in some kind of order.
So I have this plan, it’s 1000 words long and it is full of things that I’ve thought of and things I want in the book and just a really basic structure of how I want the story to look. There are currently 60 odd sections in this plan which I’m hoping to write around 1000 words for each one. Obviously it’s not going to be 1000 words exactly. Some sections will need more words than that and some a lot less, but that is my rough guide so hopefully by the end I will have a what is classed as a novel.
At the moment, I’m really pleased with what I’ve written… I haven’t edited anything I’ve done yet, this is literally a really rough first draft. My plan is to get everything down on paper and then go back and edit it all and go back again and back again, until I am happy with what I’ve got. I don’t know if that is what you should do, or if that is the right way to write a novel, but at this stage, I don’t want to get too hung up over what I’ve written and so have decided that this is what I think will work best for me.
The hardest part is deciding character names. I have one set in stone, I think… maybe two but they are open to change. To me names are one of the most important parts to get right as they kind of shape your character’s personality. Or they do in my eyes.
So that is where I’m at right now. Chapter three… Umming and ahhing over character names with a huge plan in front of me.
I know I haven’t really given much about my book away, that will come in time when I’ve written more and know that that is definitely the way my story is heading.
If you’re writing a novel yourself do let me know, we can be book buddies! I have already spoken to a few people who have accomplished writing and publishing their own books, and some who are just setting out. You have no idea how much it helps just to talk to people who are doing the same thing as you and how encouraging chats like that can be.
There will be more book updates and a lot more beauty and fashion blogs from me.
Until next time