Step One: Summary

With a little over a month until National Novel Writing Month starts, I have been busying preparing. My outline is nowhere complete but as November 1 approaches, I’m confident that I can figure out more of my plot. I have the beginning and I know how it’s going to end, now I have to figure out the rest of the novel.

In order to accomplish this and too keep “on track” on what I want the story to be about, I have composed a rough draft of my summary. I have written it about ten times and this will be last draft for a while. I won’t pretend to know how to write a summary. Usually, it’s what the story is about while highlighting the important key points of a story. I’m no expert which is why I have been browsing Goodreads and reading summaries for different type of books. This way, I was able to format my summary with what I read.

I decided to post my summary of Phantom Blade on here for a little bit of feed back but also to let you guys know about what I have been up to. This is what I have so far:

“Humans must never know the truth . . .

Breaking that rule is the sole existence for Enforcers – the Fae powered individuals who have sworn to keep the paranormal existence from humans. At any cost. At least, that was what Avon believed.

Now, as an ex-Enforcer, Avon only has one thing on her mind: hunting and killing the demon that slaughtered her team. But after two years of tracking down every lead and killing anyone in her path, the trail has started to grow cold and the Council won’t sit idly be. Reinstated at an immigration office for demons – run by demons – it’s taking Avon every ounce of her will power not to kill them and continue her hunt. But when paranormals start disappearing, she is partnered with the demon, Samael, to discover the perp.

Samael was living the dream – as well as any demon could – on the Council’s payroll as an immigrant officer for his fellow demons. But when the higher-ups force him to work with Avon, a permanent trip to hell seems like a better option. But Samael is no detective and it doesn’t help that the two are always butting heads.

With no one cooperating and the werewolves acting strange, trust is the last thing on their minds. Avon knows that the only one she can truly trust is her blade even if it means giving into the power inside her. Nothing is as it seems and the case might be closer to home than Avon realizes.”

It’s not perfect and it can definitely use more tune up but for now, it will have to do. Having a summary will keep me on track for what I want to accomplish in November and I’m looking forward to developing this story.

Thanks for reading.

 

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Blog update 9/9/16

So I said before that I will have a blog for NaNoWriMo 2016 and I still plan on having one. However, I decided not to post on it until November starts. This means that all my preparing posts will be on here and during November I will only be posting on the other blog. I’ll have the link on this blog for that blog. When the time gets closer, I will make another announcement about it. Thanks.

Preparation for NaNoWriMo

I haven’t mentioned this before, or maybe you got the idea but, I have a lot of projects I work on so I’m always busy with something. This also means that I never lack any ideas for stories/novels which is why this year, I already have the story I’ll be working on in mind. A little background on this story is in order.

The story is titled Phantom Blade. I posted it on wattpad a few years ago but somehow, it just wasn’t coming out right and it started to drag. I called it quits before I started hating it. Over the years, however, I have reworked the world and the characters and reworked the plot. Sure I don’t have everything set in stone but I have an idea of what’s going to happen and how it is going to end (more on endings later).

This also means that I have most of the characters already set and so I don’t have to start from scratch. I think that’s one of the benefits of having so many projects. You’re always working on something and, when you finally start writing, there’s not a whole lot that you have to worry about. Just like this story, all I have to do is write. Editing comes later.

Sure I’ll keep planning before NaNoWriMo 2016 starts but for now, I’ve started outlining my novel. For me, this is sort of like writing a synopsis. I basically type of the plot, scenes, and/or details of what I want to write for the story. These aren’t always concrete but sometimes I do write out dialogue or character development moments. It all depends. My outline isn’t always complete. I don’t write out the entire story because a. there would be no creativity left and b. I don’t know what’s going to happen.

The one thing I make sure to do is to be flexible. I know I have an outline but I use it more like a guideline. I allow the story to change because, otherwise, I would feel like writing would become a chore. I like writing and I don’t like being forced to write (like college essays for example *cough*). Not to mention that having an outline helps me keep writing without hitting a wall so soon.

Has anyone else started preparing for NaNoWriMo 2016? What tips or advice would you share? Thanks for reading.

Update 9/2

This is what’s happening.

This week is just an update on what will be coming next. As we all know, National Novel Writing Month is less than two months away. As such, I will start to plan my novel and all that good stuff so expect a lot of posts about that. I started creating a new blog for NaNoWriMo 2016 so I can have everything organized. However, I’m unsure if I’ll be linking the posts between both sites or just using one. I haven’t decided yet.

 I’m also planning on sending out a second batch of query letters for my novel, Clan of Ash. Hopefully, this time around I get a response. If not then, I’ll just keep trying or work on another project. 

For right now, those are the two major things in my life. Well, that and tiday half price books has a 20% sale going on that’ll I’ll be checking out. I’ll still be writing and editing my other project but for right now my nanowrimo novel and Clan of Ash take priority. 

Random thoughts on Chapter Titles 

As a wattpad member, I like to name my chapters no matter what story I write. It’s a way for me to basically summarize what the chapter is about and to give the reader a hint about what they are getting into. It adds mystery and the ‘theme’, in a essence, of the chapter. At least, that is the plan. Sometimes I hit the nail on the head and sometimes, I miss completely. Personally, this is something that I like to do.

In my novel, Clan of Ash, I don’t have any chapter titles which is totally fine by me. There’s pros and cons whether or not to name chapters. Say for example, you stop reading (online) and for some reason, you last page wasn’t saved (I’m speaking hypothetically here). You come back to reading and then there’s a problem. What was the last chapter you were on? Who knows. All the chapters are named but there’s no number. Okay, so I’m exaggerating a bit. All of this can easily be fixed with: 1. Bunny. You got a number and a name. Everything is fine.

However, whether to name your chapter is ultimately up to you. But what do you call a chapter if you have a lot of juice things happening? Do you make the chapter shorter? With Wattpad, cutting chapters into two parts or having small chapters work. Personally, while reading chapters in novels, I’d like for them to be average. Not to long, not too short. Heck, I like reading books that make me keeping reading without making me worry about what chapter I’m on.

Anyways, naming chapters all have to do with preference. It’s not really a must.How discreet do you want to be? Do you like giving your readers a hint on what to expect in the next chapter? To me, chapter names allude to what the chapter is going to be about. It’s a window into the next segment of the book. Over the course of the many books that I read, I know that someone of them use quotes and other creative ways to let the reader know what they’re getting into and, as a reader, I really enjoy that.

It’s all about the hints and the mystery and, at the end of the day, it is up to you.