I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus these past months, so to relaunch, I have a writing update for you all! I’ll mostly be talking about my longstanding project, fantasy novel The Secrets The Dead Keep but if you scroll down, you’ll also find sections on my plans for other fiction and this blog.Continue reading “Writing Update: Autumn 2019”
Another month has come and gone, so it’s time for another writing update! For those who don’t know, I’ve been posting monthly updates on the progress of my fantasy novel, The Secrets The Dead Keeps, throughout 2017 – at the beginning of the year, I was about to start work on my third draft, and I’m now on Draft Four!
My goals for November were to keep editing and keep improving my worldbuilding and my characterisation. But my most important goal was to write something every day.
So, how did I do?
This year I’ve been setting myself monthly writing goals to help keep track of my progress on my fantasy novel, The Secrets The Dead Keep! October’s writing goals were:
- To continue editing Draft Four,
- And to continue to improve my worldbuilding.
I also wanted to work on my novel every day – even if just for a few minutes – to establish a daily writing habit.
So, how did I do?
The Name Of The Wind is the first book in Patrick Rothfuss’ bestselling fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicles. Amazingly, The Name Of The Wind is Rothfuss’ debut, and the series has reached critical acclaim without even being finished yet.
This book is a little different to most fantasy books: rather than follow some powerful hero on an epic and noble quest, we meet simple innkeeper Kote, who does not turn out to be the chosen one destined to save the world. However, he does turn out to be Kvothe, killer of kings and feature of many myths and rumours. Dismayed though he is to have been discovered in the remote part of the world he has chosen to hide in, he is persuaded to tell his life story, and finally reveal the truth behind all the far-fetched stories about him.
In The Name Of The Wind, Kvothe tells of his childhood in a performing troupe, of his time at the famed University, and of the beginning of his search for the fearsome magical creatures known as the Chandrian, hinting all the while at the grand and infamous future that is to come.
- To keep editing until I complete Draft Four
- To improve my worldbuilding
- To start finding beta readers
So how did I do?
Back in January, I set myself monthly writing goals to help speed up and keep track of the progress of my fantasy novel, The Secrets The Dead Keep. So far this year, I’ve completed a third draft, gotten feedback to help me further improve my manuscript, and planned my sequel!
This month’s goal was to write the first 50,000 words of Book Two during Camp NaNoWriMo and continue critique partner edits.
So, how did I do? Continue reading “July Writing Update”
Back in January, I decided that this was the year I was going to get serious about writing, so I set myself monthly writing goals to track and increase my progress on my fantasy novel The Secrets The Dead Keep.
June’s goal was to outline Book Two while continuing edits with critique partners. Discuss Book Two outline with critique partners (CPs).
So. How did I do? Continue reading “June Writing Update”
At the beginning of the year, I set myself monthly writing goals for working on my novel The Secrets The Dead Keep, which should hopefully leave me with a finished manuscript by the end of the year.
April’s writing goal was to start brainstorming ideas for the rest of the series, with the aim of deciding the length of the series (trilogy/duology/etc) and the major events of each book. However, I hadn’t finished the third draft by the end of March, as I had hoped, so I also needed to do that, as well as start finding critique partners.
Read on to find out how I did, and what my goals for May are!