Being an author is so much more than just writing. Right now I’d really want to spend more time doing my character sheets for the second Wavesongs novel, but I’m stuck planning the marketing for Entertaining the Sombrevilles, trying to get my printer to work, and registering my company which is something I need to be able to pay taxes. The marketing and the company stuff is one thing, I can do that (sort of)—but the printer, does it really have to make trouble for me right now? Oh, the joys of technology.
The character sheets are working out well, though, when I find the time to work on them. There are lots of new characters for this book and it’s so exciting to get to know them and find out how my MC’s relate to them. Characters and their relationships have always been my favourite part of writing so doing character sheets is a very enjoyable thing for me. The one I did for most characters of the first novel had ten pages for each character, which was very interesting but took a bit too much time. Now I do two pages and I think that’s more manageable.
Do you use character sheets?
This weekend I’m busy editing Entertaining the Sombrevilles, the novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo. Having so much fun with this story!
I also got around to watching the recent TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And then there were none. An excellent mini-series altogether and the casting is insanely good – I mean, Douglas Booth, Aidan Turner, Toby Stephens, Miranda Richardson and Sam Neill in the same production? I would have watched no matter what the story was. My friend had told me earlier that Douglas Booth’s character had a lot in common with the main character of Entertaining the Sombrevilles and she was more than right, oh my God. He’s such a great actor and I can’t wait to watch the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie, which has both Booth and Matt Smith in it. ^______^
I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! ❤
I know, I’m really bad at updating. It’s really hard to find the time and I haven’t had anything to blog about either, since I haven’t worked on Wavesongs for a long time. But now I’m finally in the process of plotting the story, which has taken a lot of time since I felt the need to write short stories for a while and sort of write freely, without a deadline, without any plans or character limits. It’s been really good for me and I’ve had a lot of fun – I’ll keep writing short stories, of course, but not all the time because I do need to focus on my novel projects.
Wavesongs plotting is mostly difficult and frustrating right now, but it’s getting there, no matter how slowly. I didn’t think I’d need to change that much, but it will be a completely different story – and I’m happy about that. I’ll be able to make my otp happen for real, after all, and that makes me very happy. My hopes are also that I’ve learnt from my mistakes and will write a much better and more exciting story this time. We’ll see, but from the ideas I’ve had already I think it will be a really fun trilogy to write. Much more than before because it will be a lot less angsty.
I can’t make any promises about updating more often but I’ll try to come up with ideas for the blog as well, in between thinking about those pirates 😉
Finally. I’ve had writer’s block for over a month and the last short story I wrote in 2015 was really bad… but tonight I managed to finish my first story of 2016! Just a short Wavesongs short story, sort of AU and plotless but I don’t care, as long as it’s my favourite characters being lovely and themselves and then there’s lots of dialogue and cute things they’re doing and… yes, writing Wavesongs stories really is the easiest because I know this verse so well, I don’t have to think about what the characters are like, and so it’s extremely useful whenever I get writer’s block and feel like I’ll never ever write again.
Also, I thought I’d count all the stories I wrote last year, which was by far my most productive year ever. In total, I wrote one novel, 26 short stories and 1/4 of another novel, and on top of this I also did a lot of editing. So I felt much better after that (and after writing the new story), and I hope I can keep it up this year as well! Let’s see how that goes 😉
So, it’s a new year and I hope 2016 has been good to you all so far. Personally, I’m just happy about the snow we’re having right now, and try not to think too much about all the serious work-related things ahead. I’ve had a lovely time during the holidays and now I’m looking forward to getting back to my routines, which will probably take a few days.
Oh, and this big, writing-related thing happened (well, it happened in my head). I don’t really know where it came from, but I realised I have to rewrite Wavesongs so that Chris and the Captain actually end up together (which they don’t, in the current version). It just hit me that I’ve been writing a story where I have a very obvious favourite character, and a very obvious OTP, but I’ve made the story go in another direction and that’s just… not good. My reason has been that the Captain is so flawed that Chris shouldn’t get stuck in a relationship with him, because there were certain things the Captain did that were unforgivable and you shouldn’t be with someone who doesn’t respect you. But what if I change him? What if I make a few tweaks and sort of merge his and Dylan’s character’s together, into one, better man who will actually be lovable? I feel a little crazy for even considering this, because it will change the entire story, and what will become of Dylan? etc etc… But I know deep down that I need to do this, and that I should have done it ages ago, because no matter how hard I’ve been fighting it, this trilogy has always been about the Captain. And it just became odder and odder how Chris kept obsessing and sort of caring for him, long after they’d fallen out and he was happy together with Dylan and definitely shouldn’t think of someone else. But he did, and I did, and I very much look forward to playing God and making this story turn out just the way I want.
This also means that Wavesongs will fit much, much better into the romance genre. It probably seems like a weird decision to my beta readers, but knowing what will happen in books two and three, I feel confident that I’m doing the right thing. *gross sobbing at the thought of actually making OTP 100% real* In a strange and slightly masochistic way, I’m also looking forward to rewriting the book completely. I don’t know how many decades it will take for me to finish the entire trilogy but I can’t wait to get to those final chapters of book three!