E.L.I.S.A.

The above abbreviation stands for Enforced Levity Increased Speed Authoring—which should be my new writing method—named after Elisa, Hans Christian Andersen‘s character from The Wild Swans.

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One well-documented downside of this method is a possibility that one of my eleven turned-swan brothers might still end up with a wing instead of an arm, no matter how swiftly I knit the magical nettle shirts.

A. K. A. Scenes.

Have to hurry up. My doctor finally caved in and gave me the deadline.

If chemo does not work, I have months. About three. If it does, I have… well… months, still, but waaay more. Maybe even a year. So…

E.L.I.S.A to the rescue. Or so I hope.

The whole band (Verra, Venny, Torvenn, Marque, Ngale, Dae) is only a couple of hours away from reassembling at Stormhold for the first stand-off, and, perhaps—a sighting? Can barely wait to tap-type my way there.

A. T. T. On an irrelevant note (or, perhaps, rather relevant one?), just Skyped with my father.

If I had some guilt about not talking to the man for decades, no more. In about five minutes in the conversation I asked permission to be polite. Given one, I hung up.

He called back.

I hung up again.

Done.

Life is too short to deal with jerks.

More on Naming Convention

While treating myself to some more of The First Law Trilogy between scenes (taking time to get back into Venny’s state of mind), suddenly became worried about the name of Western Domain’s capital, Verlette, which strays a little from my self-imposed naming convention.

It now looks too French to me, probably because of the ‘ette‘. I am also not a fan of the ‘Ver‘ at the beginning, makes it look similar to Verra’s name, and for a dyslexic like myself, it’s a problem.

Leaves me with just an ‘l‘ in the middle, doesn’t it? Not much to work with.

So, if I get rid of the ‘Ver‘…

Ferlett, Ferlann, Fairlann, Ferlemm, Ferlepp, Farleaf, Farliff… hm.

The capital of Corealm and the whole Domain. Should be something stronger.

How about just Core? Or Lore? I like the latter.

Thoughts?

373,001. I am not joking.

Chapter Twenty—Things Considered, Chased, and Tracked—is finally finished. It might be missing a scene (I am still undecided; I wanted Verra to Heed some of Dae’s things in his absence, but I felt like it would stall the progress of the story, so for now it will do).

Now, to the next chapter… sadly, someone has to die. About time.

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371,000 going on 372,000

Quite a pathetic tally for the month of November. Some people write novels during that time, and all I managed to bang out is twelve thousand words. On the other hand, some people simply stop shaving and think that it will help their cause. Still puzzles me.

What is making me so slow, is the necessity to choreograph quite a few things (seemingly unconnected), happening at the same time with different characters in different places. Being chiefly a discovery writer does not make that easier. Nope. Quite the opposite.

It does, however, have some bright moments, especially when the important plot points suddenly start to fit together as snugly as though you were planning it to happen from the very beginning. Trust me, I did not. When it happens, it comes as a nice surprise to me. I love it when the story writes itself.

It just takes much more time…

One scene away from finishing the chapter. One short scene. Or two. I can do it.

Perhaps, if I stop editing myself as I go? Nah. Feels like I already established my method (I better have, in all the time I’ve spent on this thing), going to stick to what works.

And as for the length of the thing… well, I might end up somewhere between Gone With the Wind and War and Peace (see below). We shall see.

 

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A.T.T. The blog got a facelift—to match the main site. Something is progressing somewhere.

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Nineteen: Things Unearthed and Announced is—rather suddenly—done. It was going to be longer, but I felt like I had reached a logical chapter break in the narration, and a scene break just would not do.
The word count is now 347,505. I remember the time, when 200,000 was a milestone. Hm.

I Have Tried Something Today

Something, I had planned for distant future and was hoping it would work—and I am now confident, that it will, for I have tried it already and it does.

I use Scrivener for writing at home (when I can write at home), and, among other very useful features, it allows you to organize your scenes by different tags you assign to them. I tagged all the scenes by the character’s point of view.

I have eight POV characters. That’s right. Eight. I know, that I am fundamentally wrong. Nobody does that, but George R. R. Martin and Robert Jordan, but it felt right, when I just started, knowing little about the craft, so I kept adding POVs, as I went along, and now I have eight.

Well, less, since I killed a couple, bringing the tally to five.

The point is, that I got stuck, trying to switch to Venny’s POV, and decided to go over his entire storyline to gain momentum and be able to keep going.

I am about halfway through, but t is working even better, then I expected. I have edited some scenes, changed some remarks, and I have a much clearer understanding of who he is as a person and where to take him as a character, for he is very important for the story.

This way it is also much easier to keep track of the character’s awareness of things, which are happening around him or her, but may not be obvious to the person, and it is very easy to lose track of, when writing multiple POVs one after another.