Word Count: 1,680 words
Forgive me for the two hashtags in the title of this post. I am experimenting with Twitter again.
A respectable start really considering I junked my previous idea 24 hours before this session started. I know I said I would wait until midnight, just open a document and just start writing but that didn’t quite pan out. The story I am writing is a very old one that I have talked about before on here.
You might remember me asking a question about rewriting back in January of last year and the picture that was posted with it. Well, that story decided to rear its head again whilst I was running errands on Thursday and I decided to give it another go.
At its very core, the original plot that I conceived for the story nearly 10 years ago now is about a young vampire author who rescues an abused neko slave boy and is fighting not just for justice of the boy but also against the slavery system in her country. Naturally, that has developed over the years as I have worked on other stories and life took it’s course. Now, there is also a romance/family plot that is running along the slavery one. My FMC author/social worker is in a relationship with my MMC author/civil servant vampire and their parents disapproving for various reasons, the author’s sister going out with a werewolf (so a vampire/werewolf plot possible too) as well as my MMC’s brother discovering he is gay and unable to come to terms with it.
This story, for now, feels right for this session so I am going to stick with it and see what happens.
How is Camp going for you? Is it going well or are you struggling already? Don’t be afraid to comment below.
So as well as reading the Auto-Correct book, I have read this book.
Writing the Paranormal Novel is about exactly that, writing a paranormal novel. This book does focus mostly on Urban Fantasy and covers everything includes what makes a novel a paranormal or fantasy novels, working out what magical elements are going to be in the work, if the paranormal elements are secret in the world or in the public domain and if the magic is persecuted or dominates lives, magical culture, research, whether to have clichés keeping the magic/paranormal real, plotting, fight scenes, dialogue and a whole section on getting published.
This book was the first one I ever bought on Kindle and so far, it is proving to be some of the best money I have spent. Written in a way that is easy to understand without condescending, it provides excellent information on world and character building and gets a writer (often addressed as you and yours in the book) to think about the things that they may not have considered before, such as about the economy of the magical world and fight scenes, especially if you have characters like werewolves. It also covers the use of clichés and how to craft and handle those when creating the magical creatures in the novel. Whilst some of the information is available in other how to write books, this is completely focused on the paranormal novel and crafting the elements in that book. It also looks at the idea of story arcs, in books and across series as well as general plotting.
This book definitely covers everything possible and is all-encompassing, which I have not found with any other how to book I have read or looked at. I am trying to think of anything negative with this book and finding nothing to say. I know, I know. It sounds bad to say, I know, but it is the honest truth.
I could not recommend this book highly enough as a must have and must read for anyone wanting to write paranormal stories (short stories or novels). It is certainly a reason I keep my Kindle nearby when writing so I can dip in sometimes to find what I need when I need help.