Saturday, October 28, 2017

11,857 Words

Yep, back to making a bit of progress on the story. I didn't exactly finish the detailed synopsis I was working on, but I got somewhat further along and had a couple of ideas today that I just had to write down so I wouldn't forget.

After the last three weeks of almost no progress, today felt really good. The lack of progress wasn't entirely my fault: I was on work related travel two weeks in a row, followed by recovering from jet lag and getting caught up on everything I'd let slide at the office while I was away. So all of that left me pretty well brain-fried every evening and weekend up to now.

Anyway, today marks a return to normality. For now anyway.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Back at Work on the Synopsis

As I mentioned previously, I generally write a detailed plot synopsis that acts as my guide to the eventual writing of the story. I was experimenting a bit this time around, and thought, "Hey, I could just write the detailed synopsis for the prologue and first chapter, and then move my focus forward with each chapter that I write, fleshing out the synopsis when I get to that point rather than doing it all beforehand." It sounded good in theory, as my previous experiences have shown that I will end up modifying the final story quite a bit from the original synopsis, such that it almost feels like wasted effort.

In practice, I have already noticed that I get hung up writing when my synopsis doesn't have enough detail for me to remember what it was that I had planned to write.

So, I've gone back to the synopsis to flesh it out for real, all the way to the end of the story. Chapter Two is still waiting to be written, but for the moment I'm focused on answering some questions about characters and plot that I had hoped I might just figure out when the time came. Not a big deal, as this was an experiment to see if it would work. Since it did not, I'm going back to what I know does work and will help me to produce the best story that I can.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Chapter One Complete

Book Two of the Balfrith saga is now at about 8,700 words, which includes the Prologue and Chapter One.

Chapter Two begins today!

Looking back at The Hand of Tyr (Book One), it has sold far more copies than I ever expected. Given the extremely limited marketing I have done, I'd have to say that readers' word of mouth, posted reviews, plus whatever built-in marketing that Amazon and Goodreads do has driven this.

If you have read The Hand of Tyr and enjoyed it, but have not reviewed it on Amazon, I would really appreciate if you take a few minutes to give it some stars and write a couple of sentences about what you liked. Meanwhile, I will continue working on Book Two, so that you can eventually enjoy the next story in Balfrith's saga!