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Re: How much did you write today? I just wrapped on draft 1 of my first novel ... 112K words!  Banged out the last 2 chapters tonight, so thats 7.5K!  Most productive night ever lol.
November 23, 2015, 02:12:09 AM
Re: How much did you write today?
I've been feeling paralysed on my novella, even though I have a plot sitting there begging to be drafted, I haven't been able to put 2 words together. Worse I've re-read my snippet entries and noticed that besides maybe 2 sentences, it's mostly rubbish.

Sometimes I have to start in the middle of my chapters to sortof get myself writing into the scene... because like you, a lot of times I stare at the next chapter and just don't know what to put down even through the plot is ready to go.

November 23, 2015, 06:46:21 PM
Re: Help! Page fright/low self-confidence getting in the way I strongly encourage you to just write anyway, even if it sucks.  Once you have the shitty version written, its much easier to do another pass and make it better, and then even another if you need... it works for me.  Push through, even if its awkward and shi*ty, and it will unclog you.  GL bouncing back!
November 28, 2015, 03:21:39 AM
Re: Write Fantasy as if it is History
I love world-building and all, but there's a right way to do it. Coming up with trade routes and different types of crops and all that is cool. But give me a reason why I, the reader, should care what country is trading with where my characters are. If it doesn't effect their life, why does it matter?
Otherwise, your book does become a fictional history book, with detailed descriptions of events.
What do I mean by effecting their life? Of course trade routes are going to effect things. But how is it relevant to the story? Would the characters be thinking about that to help solve their problems?
Hope that makes sense.

As the reader, you shouldn't care -- and a good writer will not bore you with exposition about how trading works. 

The writer himself, though, should have a sense of these things.  This way as his plot interacts with his world, he can keep things realistic and the immersion good.  Often this only manifests in minute details.  Let's say a king is overthrown and the capital city is in chaos, well if the capital is the primary exporter of <whatever>, that would be a tiny plot blip that might come up elsewhere in the kingdom between characters.  It has nothing to do with the story, and is probably only mentioned in passing, but as you subconsciously absorb a few of these things you get a sense of a real living and working world.

Leave it all out, and the story probably works just as well, but the depth of the immersion is fractionally lower.

I would say a new writer should err on the side of less details, for the reasons you mentioned, whereas a more experienced writer knows how to weave this tony details into the right place to create the immersion.

December 01, 2015, 01:00:36 AM
Re: How much did you write today? had to rewrite 2 chapters in the opposite POV, so 3705!
December 03, 2015, 04:11:05 AM
Re: Music to Listen to while writing
and the ever-inspiring Ori and the Wild Forest soundtrack.

I think I'm in love.  Such a great soundtrack!

I listen to epic soundtrack stuff like Two Steps from Hell.

Wow I just checked it out too... very haunting music.  I'll try doing my revisions tonight with this playing lol.

December 09, 2015, 02:25:07 AM
Re: How much did you write today?
I have been worldbuilding. That's it... bad Henry.

How many square meters did you build?  We can count that.

December 09, 2015, 05:23:22 PM
Re: Most Evil Character in Fantasy I think the most interesting and multifaceted (and evil) character I've come across is definitely The Hunter from the Coldfire Trilogy.  His extended role as anti-hero gives him a kind of depth you don't normally get in the bad guy, and he is undeniably an evil prick.
December 09, 2015, 05:29:19 PM
Re: How much did you write today? Finished at 3398!

I wish I could do the 1K+ every day like a lot of you guys do.  I seem to have 2 or 3 super-productive days with 3-5K words each, then a full week and a half of pretty much nothing.

December 13, 2015, 02:23:48 AM
Re: How much did you write today?
Not sure how much, but I revised 1/3 of a chapter just now.  My goal is to polish my first book as much as I can, work out all the kinks.  It's going really well so far.  Still toying with the idea of a prologue.  I've rewritten it so many times.  Now I just have a short blurb that acts like a journal entry.

My own 2 cents are, avoid the prologue if you possibly can.  Cutting mine was the hardest thing I had to do when writing this WIP, but I am so glad I managed to commit to it.  As a simple matter of fact, a lot of people will simply skip over it anyway, which is quite discouraging to us writers no doubt, but it is what it is.  It should be 100% necessary, or it should be omitted.

December 13, 2015, 02:54:58 AM