Figured out how to work the lead in to the first conflict point (all the rising tension will be fun)
Figured out how to work out the follow through to the conflict point,
Since I'm at the first point of the lead in, I figure I can work out the rest soon enough. I mean, I know what's going to happen, in a vague sense, but I don't know what my four points are between the conflict and the discovery, and then there's from the discovery to the climax, and then the lead in to the next part.
Then I have to go in and work on what I've already written, add in all the descriptions I've skipped out on, add in all the little scenes that help.
Then I have to track down a beta to tell me if it works (hoping Rye's able to do that)
Then I have to fix what the beta points out
Then I have to design the cover
Hopefully, I can get it to my beta before November so I can work on the sequel then, and I can get the cover designed and the story published for Christmas. I'm planning to go through Lulu again, of course.
“Because you’re weird,” Kris replied.
Novel sneak peek there.
Also, I've hit plus 10,000 words! I'm totes rocking my writing right now. I'm kind of stalling because I don't really know what happens once Trebon gets settled in, but I think I'm going to skip the eval part and plunge straight into lessons. I haven't decided yet, I know there's going to be some issues with history, (Qua'nat history being that Qua'nat City has always been the capital and Nat'rean history being that it's only been around for ten generations), and geography, which will actually be fun because Treb's got some back up on that one. I'll just draw a subject out of the hat and write about Treb's issues with it, I think.
There are things I haven't figured out, like the MC lived with these nomads who are officially known as the "Riders of Eagle's Nest" or some such, but are essentially an entirely different kingdom/whatever of elves who might be loyal to the Qua'nat King because of treaty, but who don't consider themselves bound by the Qua'nat laws.
I don't know how to explain all of this without a ton of exposition, but I'm hoping I can figure it out as go.
I'm planning to do my word count by picking one scene at a time and writing it, trying to maintain a steady time line. Then I can go back and fit in some more transitional scenes or such later on in the second draft. So far I have:
MC comes home
MC has breakfast with parents/oldest brothers before leaving to be sequestered until he's of age
I know what the next two scenes are for certain and I have some vague ideas for the third and maybe a fourth (I'm not sure how soon I should put the stresser in the story. I'm thinking there should be two "before" scenes, because there's the one that kind of explains a few things about why the MC left, and then there should also be one to realy highlight the issues the MC is having in the sequestered palace, but I don't know if both of them could be worth two thousand words. I certainly intend to try.
Then, of course, is the stresser scene, which is followed by two pivotal scenes and possibly a filler scene. Then there's the "take action" scene which is followed by the "montage" scene and the "adventuring scene" then the next specific conflict scene followed by the lead in to the next book scene and ending with the resolution.
All told it could be called eighteen chapters.
When I write the second draft, I'm going to have to add in more discriptions for surroundings. Third draft will focus more on action, and fourth draft will be spit polished before I prep for publishing.
I guess you can tell I'm excited about this story. I need to sleep now or I might start writing the campfire chapter. As is, I'll probably write it today to help my word count.
After all, I'm not looking to write the exact number of words every day, isn't the purpose to hit 50,000 before midnight on Aug 30 afterall?
Trapped between two worlds, and never really a part of either of them
It makes me happy when stuff like that happens. It's like, suddenly, the world falls into place when you really find the words to discribe your MC's motivation. Although, I'm a little annoyed because my 'v' key keeps sticking. It gave me a gem earlier though "neer lie" instead of never live.
Hope any other Camp NaNo people are having as much fun as I am!
It does give me a goal though.
I do have to rewrite part of what I just wrote due to information I recently recieved concerning the Coast Guard.
In other news, I have been informed by Lulu that my proof is on it's way! Looks like my August 30th release date is still on schedule. (Yes, I picked August 30 as the day I announce my novel for sale. Just to let everyone know!)
Edit: I may be inaccurate about StarAndrea's novel word count being rolled over.
I've ordered a proof copy of A Killer Best Friend, when it arrives, my mom's going to give it a read through, I'll fix the mistakes and then I'll be PUBLISHED! This is the closest I've gotten yet to publishing a novel.
And August's Camp NaNo
Highband Honor, being the sequel of A Killer Best Friend. 'With attacks coming at the family from every side, Dom must solve mysteries new and old to preserve the family honor'. As you can see, I'm off to an excellent beginning. I'll probably get off again and do some writing in a bit. I kind of would like to get the first chapter done now.
I keep expecting other members of the Awesome Cabin to suddenly have a burst of inspriation and catch up with me (or just update their word count and surpass me while looking spectacular).
That being said, I wrote the final scene of my novel today. Now I'm going back over all of it and finding places where my description is shaky or I need to rewrite the dialogue. Before I start each change, I look at the word count and tell myself what I want the word count to be when I'm done.
I wrote almost a thousand words like that before my battery gave out and I had to go plug in. I figured while my battery was charging I should update my word count. (And yes, I chose to stop ot 34,200).
I feel bad, because I am so excited and inspired with A Killer Best Friend, not to mention it's sequel, The Lady Killer. I can't wait to write more of these stories.
When I reach my word goal (or the end of this read through) I'm going to start over again, and this time, I'm going to write a summery of each childhood story that I've shared. Some of them might show up in future books while others may never be seen again.
Now, I have something a little spoilery to talk about, so I'll add a cut here:
( The Highband Family )
I have decided that I am doing a trilogy Dom becoming a detective and then I'm jumping it ahead five years. I'd like to have the three stories done by the end of August, but we'll see.
The last of my trilogy has the least flesh to it, but I'm going to keep working on it. My next book I already have figured out. All I really want to say is that it is definitely going to have the Coast Guard in it.
That's enough for now, gotta go!
The story is going well, though. I've just entered a major plot point as well as defining a clue I handed off earlier in the story.
Also, I've hit chapter three and we finally identified the dead body. In my next bout of new stuff, I'm going to add in some of the local gossip about my victim. I'm hoping that little bit will enable me to finish off chapter three. I'm still thinking this is going to be a ten chapter book, but I just need to find enough stuff for Dom to do. I'm almost positive that I'm going to spend a chapter shopping for real estate and another where Dom has a chat with his uncle, the CO of the family's company. Not to mention the ladies. I really need to work in another trip to the book store to.
Anyways, I hope my fellow Campers are doing as well as I am.
I need to do some more research for my characters though. A few questions about Marines, but also some about adreneline and pain in regards to knee replacement and leg injuries.
I intend to space out my medical research over the course of the novel and when I'm done maybe go ask the local recruiter if he could answer a few questions if I can't answer them somewhere else.
Ok, they were Tom and Kate, then I realized where I'd heard that particular pairing before and...it's not happening. I'll find good names for them later on.
Also, Dom is missing his right thumb, it was severed in the accident that tore up his leg and busted his knee. Every time Dom has to picks something up, I find something of comparible size and weight and make sure he can carry it without using his thumb. Opposable thumbs, who knew they were THAT important?
It's like making sure that it's his LEFT leg that is damanged, not his right, because he has to be able to drive without constant pain. (It's kind of a thing.)
Two days into Camp NaNo and I am hitting my Word Count Goals! Go Me!
Things I have learned about my MC and his family:
His mother is a very imperious woman, when she says something is going to happen, it will happen or else.
His twin is a nice guy, and a little devious too.
His sister-in-law is one of those wonderful women that people like knowing.
His nephew is adorkable, and five years old.
My MC on the other hand is this weird guy who is part cold hearted bastard, part prankster who at some point had a painpill addiction that no one in his family knows about. And he's a hero.
Plus Dom and Damien (the twins) were these total troublemakers back when they were kids.
Quotes from Day Two:
(Dom and Damien, referencing Damien's five year old son and baby-to-be)
"He's doing good, he can't wait until the baby's born so that he can find out if he's a big brother or a big sister."
(Damien, on their childhood)
"Back then I think we looked at a situation, thought about it, and then chose the path with the most excitment."
(Dom, age 12 following a long rant about his order of a chocolate strawberry shake)
"Of course, my brother wants a chocolate banana shake, can you make that too?"
(Dom and his friend Kyle on Sheriff Delacroix's dislike of Dom)
"You know, it's your fault he ever became sheriff in the first place."
"How do you figure that?"
"You were the one who realized that Sheriff Bright murdered those teens."
(Jane Highband, Dom's mother, on Dom talking about looking for something to do)
"Seriously, you aren't a kid any more, there are no mysteries for you to solve!"
I'll post updates here, or at Camp Nano. Happy noveling guys!