Monday, February 6, 2012

Birth of a Novel Feb Week 2

Faerie Wings--I now have a first chapter that I don't hate. It still might not be the best place to start though. Eh, I'll keep building from there and try to finish the story, then I can re-evaluate where to start.
Current word count: 34,498

Eleena of the Stars--I worked more on the first chapter. Visualizing an evacuation has been hard. All that comes to mind are the ones I've seen on TV and I don't want it to be just like all of those. Plus, TV doesn't help with the smells. Good thing I have a great imagination.

Over the weekend I realized something very important. I have a nine year old. That's how old Eleena is at the beginning of the book (but this is NOT a MG or YA for that matter). He also has a great imagination and I bet if we sat down and talked, I could do a better job at capturing that age's voice. *headsmack* sometimes writing really IS that simple.

Would it bother you to read a book that moves through so many years of time? My goal is to have Eleena's voice/vocab/ageness grow with her. Makes it a bit trickier, but could be amazing if I pull it off, right?
Current word count: 950--this is a guess since I can't access my computer.

The Sleeper--Well, I sort of got stuck. But no worries! I sent the draft to my CP with questions and concerns. She's always honest with me and has a great talent for telling me where to cut back and where to expand. That's what I need right now.
Current word count: around 1,500

12 comments:

  1. It wouldn't bother me to read a novel that follows a character over time. It would be an interesting challenge to write it, so good luck to you!

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    1. Thanks Tara. I'm going to take my time and do this one right from the start.

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  2. It's amazing how you are working on several projects at once. I try, but sometimes find it difficult.

    Have a great week, Charity, and keep up the good work.

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    1. Right now the main focus is FW, but its nice to have another story waiting on the side.

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  3. I usually use my kids help to get the voice right. Eavesdropping and jotting stuff down. =)

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    1. You are so smart. Why didn't ghat occur to me earlier?

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  4. I officially love my kindle. My computer quit working Saturday night, but I had posts already scheduled. Now I can check email and reply on my kindle until the computer is fixed.

    Its kind of a pain using the tiny keypad though. And it wont let me write posts or work on my novels.

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  5. It wouldn't bother me at all to have a character grow, physically, throughout the book. It would make for an interesting read.

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  6. I can't tell you if it would bother me until I've read it. I keep an open mind about everything. After I read it though...I could tell you if it bothered me.

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  7. We often see movies that move forward in time like that - why not?
    And I imagine one of the smells would be fear.

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  8. Charity, my mc does the same thing in my current wip. The book starts when he's about 10, but the conclusion happens when he's 19-20. :) I'm hoping it's going to work too. I'm not really changing my style/voice at all, though. Mostly, because my mc is mature for his age; and also because I think it would flow better if the writing was the same throughout. Now I just have to figure out how to weave into the story that time has passed and the characters are all older.

    Good luck! :D

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  9. I'm really impressed with how many projects you work on at once. I can't shift focus that easily! That's talent, man!

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