In my last post, I wrote about consequnces. In this post, I’ll expand on what I mean and what that means going forward with writing the second installment of the Half-Blood series.
I’d like to think that the ending of the first book set up the premise for the second book. Not only did an authority figure die, our heroes were saved – if you consider eternal servitude as saved. Nonetheless, their actions have drastically changed their lives and the lives of many more people. Their actions have consequences and I’m excited to write about those consequences.
Without giving too much away, a successor rises up to uncover the truth of his predecessor’s death and enact revenge if need be. He has a purpose and his investigation interrupts the main character’s lives. Now I have tension and conflict that I can build up through the story. Now, this isn’t the entire plot. This is a subplot that will run through the story.
The true plot of the story is to discover who’s behind a deadly virus infected certain people and finding a cure. For now, that’s what I’m going with. NaNoWriMo will give me the opportunity to play with this idea a bit more. Now, my main characters, Renelle and Alastair have to join forces again but they aren’t on friendly terms.
And all of this comes from all the events of the first book. Renelle saved Alastair and now they both serve the people who wanted to kill Alastair (that’s the shorten version). There’s a lot of bent-up feelings going around.
I plan to start the story by placing the characters in their new words. E.g. Renelle under servitude. The successor looking into his predecessor’s death. The term “domino effect” applies here perfectly. One action leads to an outcome and that to another so it’s all connected. You can’t really pinpoint where it all started. Because of the planning I did beforehand, this is all playing into a larger story arc that spans across the series. This is all leading towards the end.
While I forsee a lot of agony and frustration, I am excited to continue expanding the story and world that I have built.
Today is the last day of Camp NaNoWriMo and I have “won”! I admit, for a couple of days, I didn’t think I was going to make it, but I persevered and completed my goal. It was such a wonderful and terrible journey. At this point, I’m exhausted but this story did make me realize that I have a long way to go before Blue Moon is ready to meet the world.
There’s no much more planning and tweaking I have to do. However, before that, I have to finish the story. 50,000 words was not enough for me to complete the novel. I’m going to need more than that. I haven’t decided if I want to use NaNoWriMo in November to do this. I might just end up working on another story. It’s up in the air. I’ll leave that for another day.
Right now, I’m celebrating.
I’m just glad it’s over.
It’s been a roller coaster ride writing Blue Moon for Camp NaNoWriMo. At this point, I have no idea if anything makes sense. To make matters worse – sort of – I’m just reaching the middle part of the story. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing yet. Granted, I am writing a fantasy story so this story won’t be told in 50,000 words and I’m okay with that. This just means that I’ll have to keep writing to finish the story.
Since I won’t finish the story with 50k words, it got me thinking that maybe I can write the rest of the story in November for NaNoWriMo. But, I doubt I need 100k words to write this story. My best bet would probably be to find another project for November.
To be truthful, this is probably the most ambitious and difficult story for me. I have written fantasy before but not in this magnitude. I won’t lie, it’s a bit overwhelming and intimidating. But I haven’t let that get to me just yet. Sure, there have been instances over the past week where I haven’t completed all my word count for the day, but I haven’t fallen behind. If I do leave some words unwritten then, it’s no more 200 words. I’ve always caught up the following day.
Since I’m going on vacation next week, it’s going to be a bit harder for me to write but I will write and I will reach 50k words by July 31st. That is my goal. My deadline and I’ll meet it.
For a long while, actually four years ago, I started writing this story on the side that I titled Crimson Queen. Sure with college and the writing classes and work, I could only get write so much. My attention was in my other novel and let’s just say that Crimson Queen wasn’t part of my priority list for the past four years. It also didn’t help that I took a break from writing . . . but enough of that.
I would like to officially announce that I have finally finished the last chapter for Crimson Queen. I might include an epilogue but I’m still debating on that. Sure it took me the entire summer to write one chapter but I wanted to do this story justice. Somehow, I couldn’t just type it up and be done with it. I gave this chapter a lot of thought because I wanted to get it right. I could have edited it later and revised but, in this case, I wanted to get it done as perfectly as I could have possible written it.
There’s a huge chance my editor/beta reader/fellow wattpad member will have me add a few things but that’s okay. The greatest part about today is that I didn’t quit. I could have permanently put the story in hiatus but I couldn’t do that to my characters. They would just pop up in my head before bed or when I was working on some other things.
Now I have to think if I want to publish this story. It’s a novella length story but I could make it into a larger piece. There’s so many things that I have to think about but it wouldn’t be possible if the last chapter hadn’t been written. I think today is the start of a very good day.
P.S. On the picture . . . yeah, I don’t think I should be modest right now.