Wattys2017: Vote and Support!

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Wattys2017 is upon us! The annual Wattpad contest where Wattpadders compete for renown and recognition, for the most-read books and most-beloved stories, for the title of the best of the best!

And guess what? Both March City and Rune Mage are entered! Want to support them?

Here’s what you can do, between now and 1st August:

1) Vote on the stories
2) Add them to your reading lists
3) Tell your friends to do the same!

Want to exchange shout-outs and reading list adds? PM me!

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017

camp-2017-event-bannerJuly Camp NaNoWriMo is just round the corner! What are you guys doing for it? After the high of completing NaNoWriMo2016 and then April Camp 2017 and getting my groove back into writing — and I’m enjoying writing Rune Mage so much — I’m pretty psyched to do July Camp 2017.

The problem is as always: do I carry on with what I have and finish it as the NaNo project, or do I pick up something else I’ve been meaning to do for ages and just finish Rune Mage at a leisurely pace?

Either way, I think I’ll start plotting for a new novel during my week off next week and see if I have enough fodder to do it for Camp. If not, it’ll be Rune Mage all the way to the end.

What are you guys doing for Camp?

Boo-Yah, Camp NaNoWriMo

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27 days and 25,000 words later, I have completed Camp NaNoWriMo April 2017. My first ever NaNo camp!

*throws confetti*

25k words is manageable. I normally write about 15k words per month, so this was me sitting down a few more sessions and repeating that. It meant Rune Mage has a few more chapters under its belt so if I ever get struck with another bout of long shifts, I can still update. It also meant it gave me more time to go back to unpublished chapters and add more fodder when I get inspired.

Current word count is 138,454 and I’m hitting the climax of the story soon. Check it out here!

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Camp NaNoWriMo

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I hadn’t planned on doing this. Rune Mage for NaNoWriMo2016 was tough as it is because of work, but my friend Stef was like “Do it! Do it!” so I joined her cabin. I’ve pledged to do 25k, which is just under double my usual amount (~1.8k twice a week, about 14k a month).

Making progress so far, I think! Certainly allowing me to move ahead with the story and gives me time to have ‘spare’ chapters for when I’m too busy to write.

Word count for the novel so far is 121k and I haven’t reached the climax yet. This might be a book that’s a tad too long. Oops.

NaNoWriMo: Week 3

Week 3! Wow, November’s gone quickly, and that’s not a good thing. I’m one-sixth of the way through my research project and only have two weeks left to do it. Admin keeps not giving me the notes I need and it sucks.

But the writing? It’s getting better! At the time of writing, I’m at 38k. Almost at 80% of the way through and ahead of the line (just!) I’m slowly getting to know the characters’ voices. Seiren is getting more out of control, both mine and in terms of her place in the story, but she’s also finally finding her niche, so I’ll let her progress the way she is. I’m also developing the side characters and I enjoy seeing how they interact with each other. I’m absolutely exhausted with lack of sleep and constant type-type-typing away, but it’s still very much enjoyable.

The story’s ending came to me at midnight last night when I was trying to get to sleep. After a quick scribbled note into my phone, I finally fell asleep. So the current ending is kind of a happy one, but as my readers are aware I don’t usually do happy endings. Bittersweet, yes. So it might just end up being bittersweet.

I think I can do this. I’m feeling optimistic.

 

NaNoWriMo Plotting


I had three plot bunnies for potential NaNo. One was a March City sequel, one was a new sci-fi story, and the other a new fantasy. Sadly the March City sequel wouldn’t work for NaNo as the timescale doesn’t quite cater to me finishing the current March City, but it’s something I’ll look into developing as a future next project.

I was banking on the sci-fi, but as with a lot of my plot bunnies, they generally thrive to a certain point before I either lose interest or run out of ideas, or both. I think that sci-fi definitely has potential, but I can’t seem to plan enough for it to be confident I can do the whole 50k (whilst working potentially up to 70-80 hr weeks including night shifts). I’m no pantser and with the aforementioned busy job, I can’t afford to not plot properly. When November 1st rolls round, I need to hit the ground running and just write, with as little thinking as I can afford.

So that leaves the fantasy. I’m a fantasy writer at heart anyway so it didn’t matter terribly to me which one I were to do for NaNo. I’m sure all three bunnies will thrive at some point.

I didn’t plan on writing this fantasy bunny at all. When thinking about what to write in the march city sequel, I started watching Fullmetal Alchemist brotherhood again. It was inspiration for bits of The Windcaster (mainly the snow storm bit in Gwent — inspired by the winter in Fort Briggs) and because its such an amazing mind-blowing story, it sent my mind reeling again.

Currently the working title is The Rune Mage. It follows the story of eighteen-year-old Seiren, who graduated at the top of her class at King’s Academic of Magic, but her motivation is not to do well or for fame. When she was twelve, a rogue from the neighbouring country broke into her house and killed her father and twin sister, Madeleine. An accidental illicit spell Seiren fired in revenge killed her mother and she desperately tied her sisters soul to an amulet. She lives in hopes of bringing her back to life and her chance lies at the top of the state mage ladder.

I’m squashing as many details as I can get before I start. I’m also drafting the backstory to each character in hopes it’ll help me get to know them more and make their interactions realistic. Most of the stories won’t make the actual story but it will definitely help!

How is everyone feeling and what are you planning for NaNo?

Coming next week, blurb and cover reveal!

(BTW I’m KatrinHollister on NaNoWriMo — add me!)