I’ve been researching mystery writing for the Cat and Mouse Adventure series (mainly because I am totally unhappy and unimpressed with the draft of Ghost at the Cemetery that I’ve written). I’ve discovered three websites that I want to add to my website. For two reasons, I want to be able to find the websites again, in the future, and because visitors to my website might benefit from them.
The planning for The Fantasy Novel is going well. Extremely well, in fact.
The world history I developed some years ago is thorough and will not be discarded. I know how our world and the fantasy world are connected. The characters don’t and the reader won’t either. Not in this book, anyway. Maybe in the sequel, if there is one (and there’s no guarantee). Of course, I see gaps in places I never saw before. Those gaps leave questions that I need to answer. Some of the things I’ve been researching over the last few weeks are herbal medicine, how to find edible food, different types of religion and politics, what is needed to make ink, and magic. It’s been interesting.
However, the characters are a different matter. They lack substance. I know these characters well, but I realise that the reader does not. With this in mind, I see characters without a past, without deep motivations. They are going through the actions, but that’s not enough. Currently, I am working on the character profiles; writing voice journals and finding out what makes them who they are today. It’s interesting to see these journals take shape. Knowing why they act the way they do is important for me to know, and for the reader to discover along the way.
The research phase will continue until I feel I have everything covered. I’m in no rush and I want to do this right. Besides, this book is my main commitment this year.
Finally, I am pleased to say that I have dedicated on average at least two hours every day (except one day when I was unwell with a stomach bug) to The Fantasy Novel. I feel excited because my focus is real and complete, but more importantly, fresh and eager. I feel no pressure, no uncertainty, which only confirms that now is the right time for this book.
Yes, it is a New Year. 2020 is going to be great. This is positive thinking on my part. And no, I am not making a New Year Resolution, because resolutions are promises we never keep.
At the end of last year, I made a big decision. After many years of subscribing at Ancestry.com and building a large family tree, for my family and for my husband’s, I have decided to cancel the subscription.
There are two reasons:
- The cost is getting so high, it’s ridiculous.
- I don’t need the distraction.
Why? You may ask again.
This leads to another decision I made last year. A writing decision. In 2020 I intend to work on and publish an adult fantasy novel. In fact, the original manuscript was written 30 years ago when my boys were very young. I used to sit up late at night, tapping away at a typewriter, and later my first computer. The computer was nothing like today’s computers. The only working software was a word processor. There were no distractions and that time of my life was when I was most productive.
The manuscript I am referring to had a word count of just under 200,000 words. That is an epic tale, but I always knew it was too long.
There have been numerous rewrites, but none that I felt happy with. Eventually, I lost confidence in myself and my writing.
But I love the characters and the original storyline. So, I have made the decision to dig out the original manuscript and rework the history and the characters and rewrite/edit the plot into the (shorter) story I have always envisioned.
Over the past six days, I have been sorting through my research and world-building. To help sort all this out, I am using a locally installed wiki. Decisions are being made regarding which names and profiles I want to use for the characters. I am also in the process of adding new research material to the old stuff that I decide to keep. And, no, I am not keeping everything.
Thirty years is a long time, but I have grown as a person, as a writer, and in life experience during this time. I am not afraid to look at the original manuscript and point out the errors I made, add the information I overlooked, and delete the stuff that needs to be gone.
Now is the time for this book. I feel a renewed excitement to be working on it again. This time, I will not lose faith.
The title of the book is yet to be decided. In the meantime, I intend to refer to this project as The Fantasy Novel.
Welcome to 2020. It feels impossible that another year has gone by, but it has. Let us hope that 2020 is a year filled with health and happiness, and lots of laughter. I believe if we are happy we don’t actually need anything else.
Reading is one of the things that makes me happy. Free books also makes me happy. So I’m offering all my ebooks for free until 11.59pm on 3 January 2020.
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You will pay exactly nothing for the ebooks you want. But remember, the free stuff is only free for a very short time.
Happy New Year.
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Everyone loves free stuff, right? Of course, they do. With only 10 days to go until Christmas, I have decided to offer two special deals between now and Christmas Day.
Effective immediately, Journey to Freedom is FREE! This offer is only available on this website and will end in three days. Be quick or miss out.
Starting on 18 December 2019 and ending 25 December 2019, all three books in the Land of Miu series can be downloaded for free. Simply add each of the books to the cart when you see the sale notice on books 2 and 3 (Book 1 has always been free to download). The titles are The Land of Miu (Book 1), The King’s Riddle (Book 2) and The Lion Gods (Book 3).
Be warned: If the red “Sale!” notice is not showing, the sale has not started yet or has finished.
“Every first draft is perfect, because all a first draft has to do is exist.”
I saw this quote today and thought it was a timely reminder as I am currently writing the first draft of Ghost at the Cemetery. At a little under 6,000 words, I cannot say I am particularly happy with the result so far. In fact, I was feeling a little despondent this afternoon–until I saw this quote.
Yes, I can acknowledge this first draft isn’t great, but as long as I continue writing until I get to the end, I will be happy. The first edit will be HUGE! But at least I will have a (shaky) draft to work with.
I’m pleased that I can recognise the fact that I still have a lot of work ahead of me, especially when the first draft is done. Yet, I feel invigorated knowing that my brain is already working on the improvements I intend to make. And knowing that, the story I currently write is morphing in a slightly different direction than I intended to accommodate the changes.
My intention is to complete the first draft by 30 November. I am on track to reach that goal.
Yes, I am joining NaNoWriMo this year. If you don’t know what that is, well, thousands of writers join up in November with the intention of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. It is a great way to get the bare bones of a manuscript down on paper–or the start of one at least. The trick is to write, and not to edit as you go. This is the one thing I have a problem with, but I will try hard to conquer this little issue. 😀
I am not doing the full NaNo. In other words, I am not aiming for 50,000 words. I want to write another Cat and Mouse adventure, which is a book for young readers. I am aiming for 15,000 words or there abouts.
NaNo starts tomorrow. I am ready and willing to get started. In four weeks, I WILL have the first draft of Ghost at the Cemetery completed.
A mini fantasy collection. Four stories with common themes of oppression and struggle. The main characters crave freedom, but can they find what they are looking for?
Journey to Freedom will be available for preorder through online bookstores within days. Just go to the store of your choice and search for “Karen Lee Field” to discover my books.
Want to know more? Here’s the blurb:
When warrior mages try to abduct her son, a woman must trust her past to ensure her son’s future.
A scullery maid is sent to retrieve an old book and discovers that some stories are larger than life.
The Chosen of Ra envisions the most magnificent monument his people have ever seen, but the disc in the sky threatens to destroy everything.
Left for dead by his master, a slave dares to cross magical boundaries to find love and freedom.
But what is freedom, and will they be able to find what they are looking for?
If you have a Smashwords account, please add the book to your library.
Journey to Freedom will be released on 11 December 2019. Click on the following links to preorder the ebook.