This year’s NaNoWriMo project features the first installment of Saga of the Elagabal: The Loyalty of Severus. That’s right, the first book has a title now. Chuck Wendig asked readers to share a thousand words of their project, so I thought now is a good opportunity to do just that.
In this scene, Varius, the heir of the ostracized House Severus, has both his mind and combat skills tested by the Imperial General Caracalla. This is Varius’ “put your hand in the box” moment (if you remember Dune, you’ll get it).
Anyway, enjoy this scene from draft one:
I’ve taken part in the November ritual of fast writing in the past, crafting four novel drafts. As much as I love the rush of building a story and its narrative in the span of a month, this year, I won’t be able to take part.
This isn’t me dodging my writing or feeling like I don’t have time. There are other things I need to pursue.
Here’s a convenient list!
- Editing. I need to get two of those novels I mentioned up to speed so I can tell editors and agents about them.
- Query letters. I need to get more of these out there. Won’t get published without making those contacts.
- Writing. Can’t give up on making new strings of words. After all, that’s the dream.
Maybe next year for me. How about all of you? Anyone planning on doing NaNo this year?
With NaNoWriMo upon us once more, it seemed fitting to say something about perseverance. It’s a quality that every writer needs sooner or later. It divides those that write with those who wish they wrote.
Autumn is officially upon us, which means a lot of work is coming my way, whether I’m ready for it or not. Let’s take a look at what I’ve got planned so far.
Sorcha’s wrath, another visit with the dweller Xkikx, and a moment at the edge of the sanctuary–all in this week’s installments of The Night Lands.
At this point in releasing chapters, I know I’m getting close to having a fair chunk to release as an e-book. My plan is to release the first six chapters for a dollar using Smashwords. That’s the plan right now, at least.
Atsuko 3, Part 3
Atsuko 3, Part 4
Atsuko 4, Part 1
This week in The Night Lands, I started by introducing a non-human character in a dream. I haven’t revealed his name in the story yet, but I will tell you this guy kept me writing when it was the hardest to keep with the pace of NaNoWriMo. You’ll see more of this dweller soon enough.
In fact, you might be seeing a lot of this guy in just a few weeks.
Atsuko 2, Part 3
Atsuko 2, Part 4
Atsuko 2, Part 5
Before I get into the details of just what I figured out during NaNoWriMo, I think I should review just what kind of progress I actually made through the month of November. I’m not talking content, simply raw output, the benchmark of NaNoWriMo’s success. As I always try to remind myself, if you don’t ever write it down, you can’t make it work.
Nevertheless (what a fun word), let’s start with the calendar of progress once again.
As promised, I’ve delivered four excerpts from The Night Lands. The first is on my novel page on the NaNoWriMo website and features the first appearance of Atsuko, and is likely the first scene of the book. The second I posted on Google+ and used to show an early scene with one of those who dwell in the earth, Xkikx, except he’s not dwelling in the earth. Third, on facebook, I posted a private confrontation between Atsuko and the Imperia Sorcha Kagatsu, the main villain of The Night Lands.
Now, I give you a fourth excerpt. The following scenes introduce another Asurian Imperia, this one at the first level rather than the seventh. This is Vanity. Despite her name and occupation, I see her as a protagonist, though she’ll need some convincing of this.
Before I leave you to read, I recommend you taking a look at those other excerpts. There are clues in all of them about what is going on in this twisted world I’ve made, clues that pay off a little in this excerpt, even though it is a character introduction.
Having spoken with a few writer friends recently, I’ve decided to make a micro event out of the next few days. Over a variety of social media, I’ll be posting excerpts from The Night Lands, the fantasy story I’m working on for NaNoWriMo. Its intense and brutal at times, but I feel like I’ve got something good going on here.
I’m not going to try and hide from the fact that I’ve had some difficulty with writing The Night Lands. It’s a difficult story in the sense that I have to build a world out of a few vague ideas and only had two characters names when November 1 hit.