Completing Rune Mage and Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017

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Camp Nanowrimo Jul2017

July camp NaNoWriMo is done! And also, Rune Mage is also done at 198k words and 100 chapters! My gosh, when I first started writing this in November 2016 as my NaNoWriMo project, I didn’t anticipate it to be this long. I was aiming for 100-120k and then kinda overshot. Oops.

Rune Mage has been the most Nano’d of my projects — it began its life in November 2016 as my second attempt at NaNoWriMo, and having journeyed through two camps (and the months in-between) I’m so chuffed that it’s finished before it turns a year old. Certainly my best work to date — but then again, I feel that way with every book completed.

The rest of Rune Mage will be updated daily on Radish Fiction (you can find it on the app) until its completion. The Wattpad one will be updated 2-3 times a week until completion; I would update more regularly but the algorithm can be quite unforgiving if I did that, so that’ll have to stay that way.

The next step is “what is the next step”? I have three plot bunnies waiting to be properly brewed; I also have significant editing of this story that needs to be done, now that the lore is fully established in my head — thanks mainly to my readers who ask me questions about the rules and limitations on a regular basis! Current plan is to go through the first fifty or so chapters and add in extra lore where there was confusion, mainly:

The differences between magics: flash, rune, burst

The genetics and inheritance of magic

And add more Seiren sass!

Over the next few weeks I’ll start plotting the new story. The plan is to kick it off on Radish before it will start on Wattpad… we shall see!

How did everyone fare on NaNo?

Completing March City

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28 November 2016 marks the upload of the last chapter of March City: The Land of the Gifted, my first attempt at NaNoWriMo back in 2014. This story took almost two years to complete simply because of the long hiatus I took not long after the 50k, so that, along with Seeker: Demon Killers, are quite special accomplishments for me. I pulled through. I completed those works.

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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: Week 2

Week two is here! At the time of writing this, I’m at 23k words, almost halfway to my NaNo goal. Last week I said I was struggling because I keep running out of juice and motivation, and therefore I don’t feel I have what it takes to be a full-time author. And this week, it hasn’t changed.

A new struggle has arisen: I still don’t hear my characters’ voices.

That’s not unusual, which is why my stories do take some time to solidify before I feel confident to post them; that and along with my past history of stalling and going on hiatus during my depression episode two years ago meant I try not to promise regular updates until the book is finished, or at least I am sufficiently far ahead to carry on updating even if writing stops.

NaNo doesn’t allow that. And when Seiren and Madeleine still doesn’t really talk aloud in my head it makes it more difficult to see where they would go. The plot is done. I know where they need to go and what they need to do, but I have yet to elicit any genuine reactions from them. And when I have less regular updates, usually by about 20% of the way into the book I know what they’re like. There’s no hint of that happening any time soon, currently. Sucks to be me.

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!)