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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread @ScarletBea thank you! 
This month i’ll have a lot more time to actually think about the topic! i have Ideas already whizzing round my head like baby dragons spurting the first sparks of fire!

October 02, 2018, 01:15:21 PM
Re: How much did you write today? None today, but I managed 2000 over the week and have now finished  my normal work until 3rd jan.  So i’ m hoping to hit 80k on the WIP by New Year’s Eve.

I feel like this ‘middle’ bit has gone on for ages, as i’m Writing it that it drags and because it’s been hard work, I feel it’s going to end up being heavily cut when it’s done.  I’m hoping it’s not all awful!!

I’m also trying to resist getting sidetracked as I loved the future plans of a short story I wrote last month so much I want to write that instead, but I fear the main big beast will never get done if I go off on that track. I guess it only feels tempting because it’s an easier idea.  Less worldbuilding!  My writing buddy keeps trying to remind me i’m In charge of my story, but it doesn’t feel that way sometimes. 

December 14, 2018, 03:08:41 PM
Re: Adventures in Writing I’m feeling a kind of deflated sense of achievement today.

I have let my characters lead my writing until they started to go too far away from any convergence or the end point.
After having to assign two whole chapters to the scrivener- maybe book 2 section, I tried to wrestle control back and for the first time in 4 years of fighting and writing- I am looking at a complete outline- with the last,(unwritten),third in rough key points. It’s big, it took 9 sheets of A4 but I can see where they need to go.

I ‘think’ I like the end point.  But it was always going to be more than one book, and this is now really apparent. Which worries me from the long term hope of agents, submissions etc for a first book.
  I am also finding it much harder to try to wrestle the characters along their routes rather than let them run free.

So yay for finally having a full outline! But now I’m trying to work from it, it’s proving slower and much harder.

January 03, 2019, 08:19:00 PM
Re: Your World Maps. How do you go about it? I have a few pages of maps. i need them to keep my distances and times consistent.  I added terrain to allow me to adjust for pace in difficult areas. I also have water-averse characters so there needs to be a map of rivers etc to allow me to work out where they can and can't go.

As for how I made them...

 I emptied a bag of rice with my eyes closed on a huge sheet of paper,  put a couple of rough features in that I needed, then drew around the outline of the heap of rice :) my coastlines are gorgeous!

Once my seas/ continents were in place I located the main towns features and points of interest.  Some of which, my characters have not been to yet.

January 22, 2019, 10:12:28 PM