Tuesday, 30 July 2013

#WIPMarathon Intro

I've decided that as I'm currently working on two projects at once (because I'm a crazy person! :P), I'm going to sign up for an August writing marathon! You can find out more about it here. So, here are my goals!

Marathon Goal

As I said, I'm writing two books at once! The first is Darkworld Book 5, which is absolutely top secret because I want to avoid spoilers! But my goal is 1000 words a day, which should mean that I have about 30,000 words done by the end of the month.

The second project is something completely different - it's my first YA high fantasy! At the moment I'm thinking it'll be a standalone, and around 70K in total. Darkworld is my first priority, but I'm still hoping to get around 5000 words a week on this project, so around 20,000 this month.


Stage of Writing

First draft for both of them! I'll also be working on edits for Darkness Watching (Darkworld Book 1). So far, I've written 1000ish words of Darkworld Book 5 and around 1500 of the new project.


What Inspired My Current Project

I'm going to talk more about what inspired the Darkworld series closer to publication! But this new high fantasy came about in a very odd way. I was skimming through one of my old writing notebooks (as you do!), when I came across the words 'vampire merpeople'. Yep. That's not what the book's going to be about! But it gave me an idea for an original way to write about merpeople. I've spent the past month doing detailed research and creating my new fantasy world - as this is my first attempt at high fantasy, I'm determined not to fall down on worldbuilding! I've also written a detailed outline, but knowing what I'm like, I'll probably adapt it as I go along. I wasn't intending to start it until after I finished the Darkworld series, but I drafted a chapter whilst on the train the other day, and now I'm inspired to work on it!


What Might Slow Down My Marathon Goal

I'm going to be on holiday in Italy between the 10th and 17th August so I might not get much writing done that week! I'll still try to update, but I'll most likely be without an Internet connection. I'm taking my netbook with me for the lazy days by the pool, though!

22 comments:

  1. Yay for high fantasy! And for detailed outlines! I'm intrigued by how "vampire merpeople" inspired your idea...it's great how the mind works. Good luck with your goals!

    And double yay for Italy!

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    1. Thanks :) Good luck with yours, too!

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  2. Wow, you have heaps of writing ahead of you--good luck with both your projects! I'm very intrigued by your high fantasy idea. And you're going to be in Italy, too?! Very cool--hope you have fun there!

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    1. Thanks :) Yep - a family holiday I'm really excited about!

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  3. Best of luck world building on your high fantasy. I've not had any ideas for high fantasy (yet), but I can imagine the amount of world building is daunting but so rewarding! Have fun in Italy!

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    1. Thanks :) I'm really excited about it so I hope it works!

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  4. Ahem, that "Unknown" comment is from Amanda Shayne. I'm not used to this blogging stuff. :-)

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  5. YA high fantasy about merepeople? Where do I sign up?! You don't see much YA literature about merepeople, and I'm definitely intrigued to see how you've made it original. Good luck with both your goals, you've been on a role with the Darkworld books lately, so I have no doubt you'll reach them.

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    1. I'm hoping it's original! :P I hope so, too!

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  6. 1000k a day! AWESOME! Good luck...love your premise!

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    1. Only 2000 a day, I'm not quite that productive! :P Thanks! :)

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  7. Here's a free pass. DO NOT write while in Italy. Enjoy.

    I know. I know. That's the opposite of the encouragement I'm supposed to provide.

    Good luck with the high fantasy! I'm sure it will turn out wondiferous.

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    1. Lol, I know I'm a workaholic. :P Thanks! :)

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  8. Wow, you're published and everything! Very impressive. Your work sounds amazing! :D

    "I've also written a detailed outline, but knowing what I'm like, I'll probably adapt it as I go along" <--- sounds like a good idea! A bit of a structure, but with enough flexibility to let the story grow as it goes! Good luck!

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  9. You had me at vampire merepeople! Good Luck this month...

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    1. Lol, maybe I'll call it the Vampire Merpeople Project :P Thanks!

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  10. Vampire merpeople? Sign me up for a beta read! :) Nice to meet you!

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  11. Good luck on your goals! It's SO nice to meet you. :)

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  12. Ah, the world building puzzle! Most important and toughest part of fantasy! Good luck!

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  13. Two drafts at once is pretty impressive, I hope you can pull it off! Having seen you all over twitter I know you're an energetic writer so if anyone can it's you! Go build that World.

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  14. I love that you're taking time to consider world building -that is such a fun/important part of fantasy. My, you are ambitious! I have seen your tweets + it seems you are doing an admirable job meeting your goals. Keep up the good work ; )

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