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(06-09-2019, 01:24 AM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]I have a ton of scattered notes about the Uldani (the vaguely Roman-esque empire that laid the foundation for almost all human civilization in my fantasy world) and I've been thinking for a while that I should really attempt to condense everything into a single document and elaborate on various things. For my own sake if nothing else--to make this or that easier to look up when I need it. I sat down to do just that this morning, and I'm starting to think it might have been a bad idea. I spent all afternoon and evening writing a lenghty account of the life of Ul, the warlord/prophet/madman that founded the Empire, and now I'm sitting here at 3:17 A.M. happily detailing the political hierarchy of the Empire.

Sure, it's fun when your brain is bursting with ideas, but it makes me think I could have spent this time finishing the novel instead. Or maybe I should have written a novel set in Imperial times...

I'm one of those people who tends to spend a really long time on almost everything they do. I've come to regard these sorts of excursions as valuable. When I was in college I had an independent poetry writing course (yeah...). My prof said something to the effect of, "you know you're a writer when you write a lot of garbage." Not that your Uldani document is garbage, of course. Rather its best to think of it as if the precious ore is hidden in vast tracts of rock and you just need to chisel it out.

One long day's labor that leaves you feeling unsatisfied and perhaps bewildered is really nothing. You're kind of a new writer anyway; you're just finding your process. And anything that keeps you going and helps you establish your strengths, weaknesses, and provides direction is good for your development.
So very, very close to the big update now. I wanted to have 20 complete chapters ready for your perusal, but I'm stuck on chapter 20. It's a Lilian chapter with potentially far-reaching plot elements in it that aren't done percolating at the back of my mind just yet, so I'm thinking it's gonna have to be 19 for the time being. Just a few days now.

And oh: it's been a year since I started working on this thing.
(07-21-2019, 11:01 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]So very, very close to the big update now. I wanted to have 20 complete chapters ready for your perusal, but I'm stuck on chapter 20. It's a Lilian chapter with potentially far-reaching plot elements in it that aren't done percolating at the back of my mind just yet, so I'm thinking it's gonna have to be 19 for the time being. Just a few days now.

And oh: it's been a year since I started working on this thing.

That is both awesome and terrifying! I'm getting a little concerned with how fast years are passing these days...
It's a little scary, yes, but to paraphrase some wise person whose name I can't recall right now: life is what happens while you're busy doing other stuff.

I would hesitate to call this a proper second draft, since the later chapters are technically first draft, but... heck, I don't know what terminology to use when I'm constantly rewriting and refining things. I think I'm unable to write stuff from beginning to end without going back and poking around in the details while I'm working. But this is much closer to how I want the story to be told, from a narrative perspective. A year ago I had no idea where I was going with this.
Sometimes I worry about how fast the years are passing these days but other times I worry about how fast the days are passing these years...
(07-24-2019, 09:48 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]It's a little scary, yes, but to paraphrase some wise person whose name I can't recall right now: life is what happens while you're busy doing other stuff.

I would hesitate to call this a proper second draft, since the later chapters are technically first draft, but... heck, I don't know what terminology to use when I'm constantly rewriting and refining things. I think I'm unable to write stuff from beginning to end without going back and poking around in the details while I'm working. But this is much closer to how I want the story to be told, from a narrative perspective. A year ago I had no idea where I was going with this.

 I think that's probably a good sign, and a very apt process that any writer would identify with. I can't even write a personal statement without taking it through five drafts and nitpicking everything until I'm so disgusted with it I just drop it on its intended target and hope for the best. I know what you mean! I like to consider a writing project as similar to a music project: you don't just finish one thing and forget about it; you keep going back, making sure things flow as best they can all across the board. Things take shape the more you work at it, and often the results are not quite what you expected.

(07-24-2019, 10:45 PM)bigcat1969 Wrote: [ -> ]Sometimes I worry about how fast the years are passing these days but other times I worry about how fast the days are passing these years...

Ha! I see what you did there. Sometimes I wonder at the things I say... Big Grin
(07-25-2019, 01:25 AM)Nayrb Wrote: [ -> ]I think that's probably a good sign, and a very apt process that any writer would identify with. I can't even write a personal statement without taking it through five drafts and nitpicking everything until I'm so disgusted with it I just drop it on its intended target and hope for the best. I know what you mean! I like to consider a writing project as similar to a music project: you don't just finish one thing and forget about it; you keep going back, making sure things flow as best they can all across the board. Things take shape the more you work at it, and often the results are not quite what you expected.

Exactly. I know some writers just push boldy ahead and write and write and only go back and edit things after they're completely done. For me it feels much more natural to let everything evolve semi-simulatneously. E.g. if I suddenly think of a brilliant detail in chapter 16 that needs to be established in chapter 3 or whatever, it makes more sense to just go back and add it in right away while the idea is bright and fresh in my mind.
(07-21-2019, 11:01 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]Just a few days now.

Oh yikes, did I say days? I meant weeks. Because summer break means kids at home 24/7, and having kids at home 24/7 means getting interrupted every five minutes so why even bother doing something as dependent on being in the zone as writing fantasy prose, right? Stay tuned. I for one am actually looking forward to the dark and dreary part of the year. I normally don't, but right now I do.
Big update here.

I decided to just sit down and fill in the various gaps so I can move on with the story. I will need to go back and work on everything anyway, and right now I just want everything from the prologue up until chapter 19 to be as finished as it can be right now. So there's probably a lot of stupid errors here and there, plus that some Janessi names in later chapters needs revising (especially Aranilar, which just sounds like random syllables).

Anyway, I hope you will enjoy the new stuff! Also, as mentioned I really, really recommend rereading the whole caboodle since there has been a lot of changes and additions. If you just jump in where you left off, you're going to find some things very confusing.
(08-13-2019, 12:11 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]

Excellent! I'll begin chipping away at it.
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