Writing Fantasy: By the Numbers

March 4, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Posted in Updates On My Fantasy Novel, Writing | 3 Comments

My fantasy novel is humming along at a decent, though somewhat glacial, pace. However, the project is so big and (at least for me) so ambitious, that I have had to find milestones or accomplishments to help keep me excited and focused on my goals.

I am officially in chapter nine, and during a short break from writing, I got curious and asked myself the question:

“How many different people, places, and events have I created in those nine chapters?”

My curiosity peaked, I did some quick number crunching and here is what I came up with.

Fantasy By the Numbers:

  • 63 – Unique First Names

  • 107 – Historical Events

  • 28 – Cities

  • 61 – Unique Locations

  • 128 –  Total Encyclopedia/Reference Guide Entries

All of this was done in:

  • 63 – Pages

  • 9 – Chapters

  • 31814 – Words

There is still a long way to go to the finish line. I am only about one-seventh of the way to my desired length (approx. 210,000 words), so I’ll try and update these stats as I go along.

On a related note, I would like to thank everyone who read the excerpt I posted and gave me your feedback. I really enjoyed sharing that chapter. If everything goes as planned, I hope to have a second excerpt up by the end of this month, so be sure to check back in soon.


7 Writing Tips (From an Unpublished Writer)

February 5, 2011 at 12:12 am | Posted in Writing | 4 Comments
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Despite what we were all initially lead to believe when we first set out on our writing journeys, writing is not easy. Sometimes we sit down at our computer screens or take up our note pads and stare aimlessly through them in the hope that our ideas and emotions will magically transcribe themselves onto the page. It never happens like that of course, so we’re forced to dig in for the long hall.

In the time I’ve spent writing my screenplays and now my novel, I have come across several tips and tricks that have helped me to get these ideas down on paper and boost my creative output. You may not agree with all of them, some of them may not work for you at all. They are simply what I have found useful for me and thus find worth sharing with you. Here are the first seven. Continue Reading 7 Writing Tips (From an Unpublished Writer)…

First Look!: A Voice in the Darkness

January 31, 2011 at 5:46 am | Posted in Excerpts, Updates On My Fantasy Novel, Writing | 5 Comments

Today I am excited to finally share with you a very brief excerpt from the novel I have been working on the past 8 years. The text is a very early draft, so no where near finished. There will most likely be significant changes made to it before the full book is released, but I wanted to give everyone a short glimpse into how it’s shaping up and I am interested to hear what your feedback is. So please enjoy it and hopefully I can post some more polished excerpts on here soon. (Hopefully an action sequence next time.)

To set the stage, this passage is taken from what is currently the 7th chapter of the book and takes place right around the close of the first act. One of our heroes, Cirac, has recently been captured by enemy forces and is being lead to the prison fortress of Borrain were he is sure to face a swift execution.

There are plenty of places and things that are not described in detail in this excerpt which will be foreign to you. I can only offer a few brief descriptions which will come off a bit cliche and will not do justice to the complexities I have woven into the story, but I’ll save that for another time.

These are the few basic things you should know:

The Aerie: “The children of eagles” The aerie are the main race in my tale. They have large eagle like wings and stand two to three feet taller than the average human.

Axion: The capitol of the Axonion Empire of the aerie. The empire has fallen at the outset of the story, creating the toxic environment from which our conflict arises.

The Skeletar: The immortal half decomposed former human race in this story.

The Wraith: Shadowy beings that now control the Axonion Empire. Possessed of great power, they have given the aerie back the immortality that they once possessed, but as with everything, it comes at a great price.

That should do you for now. Please enjoy the excerpt! Continue Reading First Look!: A Voice in the Darkness…

This novel brought to you by…Starbucks

January 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Posted in Updates On My Fantasy Novel, Writing | 1 Comment
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If I ever wind up finishing my novel (and get published), I need to reserve a space at the front of the book for a special thanks to Starbucks, Coffee Bean and caffeine in general.

There is absolutely no way I can make it through all the late night writing sessions with out it.

So thank you for your stimulating power oh dark beverage of creativity. You shall not go unacknowledged!

A Whole New World

December 3, 2010 at 4:00 am | Posted in Updates On My Fantasy Novel, Writing | 1 Comment

Don’t worry noble readers, this is not a nostalgic post about ’90s era Disney movies. This is a post about fantasy writing, and why it is so damn hard.

Last week, when I decided to start taking writing seriously again, my first task was to decide what to focus my writing time on. I have quite a few projects at different stages varying from not finished to barely begun. ( I actually have projects that I am excited about that are just a title scribbled on notebook paper.)

Despite having two scripts that are in the not finished pile as opposed to the barely begun, I chose to focus my efforts on my pet project, my behemoth. It’s the project that I always set aside in favor of less ambitious projects, yet always return to, because, quite honestly, all my best ideas go into it.

The project is an epic fantasy novel that I started in 2004 and have been putting off writing ever since. I have a lot of material collected for the project and about 50 pages written, but I have never jumped head long into writing it, mainly because the project was always too daunting.

You see, I believe fantasy (and to a lesser extent sci-fi) is the hardest genre to write.

Why, you ask? Because in fantasy, you aren’t just creating characters and events and placing them into the world, you’re creating the world! Continue Reading A Whole New World…

‘Til Daybreak Comes

November 19, 2010 at 2:41 am | Posted in Writing | Leave a comment

Have you ever worked on a project for so long that by the time you finished it, the mere mention of its name was enough to make you want to hurl?

For me, ‘Til Daybreak Comes was that project. Its a script that I started last Christmas while I was up in Montana. I finally finished the first draft in May and promptly set it aside as a smoking pile of dog sh*t unworthy of any further development on my part.

To be honest I had lost so much interest in the project by that point, that I probably would not have finished it had I not A) been determined to finish another script, any script and B) lost half the project when my computer was stolen in February and rewritten it from memory (I mean at that point you have to finish it). Continue Reading ‘Til Daybreak Comes…

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