In my previous post, I talked about how I started the plotting process for Rise of the Vengeful Dragon. After answering the major questions heading each parts of the story, all that’s left is to assemble the parts, spice them up (my annotations after the assembly are in bold), and I can start writing.
Ah, plotting. The bane of my life. And the joy of some writers. I hate plotting, but I need to know where to go when I’m writing, so I definitely need it. Initial skeleton-drawing is fairly easy, but it’s the branching out that’s so much harder. The roots are easy to take hold. The trunk grows without much trouble. Branches and leaves require the sacrifice of several internal organs before they form.
A few people in the past have asked me how I plot. I haven’t found my own style of plotting yet and have experimented with different ways of plotting over the past few novels I have written. So here it is: how I plotted Rise of the Vengeful Dragon.
To plot RotVD, initially named ‘Essence of Gisella’ as a starting chapter for a story contest, I looked to this, on PublishingCrawl: how to write a synopsis.
Having heard a few people mention it being quite good and critics giving it like 98% ‘good’ rating, I had high expectations. And as with my streak of high-hopes-terrible-outcome films like “It Follows”, this was exactly the same.
Evidently low-budgeted (filmed almost entirely inside a house) with no obvious digital effects (not required; however the lack of presence of anything that looks/sounds/feels scary makes its ‘horror’ tag obsolete and misleading), I thought it must have a great atmosphere to induce so much fear and be so well-received.
Containers spoilers, duh.
This is the second of Monica’s books I’ve read so far, with the first being “A Witchling’s Rites” (first draft and continuing on Wattpad) and I loved it from start to finish. It follows the tale of young Leanna Weston, a girl with heart problems that rendered her disabled – physically and emotionally, the latter as a result of her family’s over-protectiveness – seeking an escape when she is forced into an arranged marriage. She’s heard the wonders of Finvarra’s circus from her mother when she was alive, and coincidentally that circus was coming to town, and was to be Leanna’s salvation.
This story — it left me reeling and breathless. I don’t cry over books (unless it involves dogs, generally — “Marley and Me” remains the only one so far) but finishing this book left me with an ache in the chest that’s both exhilaration and devastation I only ever see in a truly wonderful book.
Contains some spoilers.
A few months ago, I happened across this website called Bookbub, which essentially means cheap or free eBooks! For someone like me who move on a regular basis and has far too much junk, this is heaven.
What you do is, sign up and tick a list of authors whose books you want to know about (basically when they’re discounted) and the kind of books you like — fantasy, crime fiction, romantic suspense, even non-fictions like history and biographies. Every day, Bookbub sends you an email with a list of books you might be interested in that are usually between free and 99p (~99c) on Amazon, Google, Apple, and Kobo. I only use Amazon out of the lot but that’s more than enough.
Aside from snagging discounted books, it also allows me to have a look at cheap books from writers I haven’t heard of. The layout of the email meant I can also take a look at their blurb without clicking in and out like you have to on the actual Amazon webpage. If it looks good, it’s one click to the buy page. I’ve discovered a couple of promising writers — you’ll see my reviews on those books in the next few months, I suspect.
Anyway, check it out for free or cheap books!
I watched Tarzan during my flight from Hong Kong to UK, and it seems like with every Disney remake, it’s all sorts of really entertaining but insane.
Spoiler alert, duh.
My latest addiction has been “A Witchling’s Rites” by Monica Sanz (AKA DistantDreamer), a fantasy adventure centering on Seraphina Dovetail, a hot-headed, talented, but cursed seventh child who finds herself in the midst of a literal witch hunt/purge by radicals.