Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Restructuring my novel.

Happy hump day everyone! We've got another bank holiday fast approaching but also half term as well! We've got Jordan off all of half term and it's going to be great having the extra pair of hands to help with the housework and taking care of the kids. We've got plenty of housework to do, including a full declutter, spring clean and even some redecorating, however, I was hoping to try and fit in some time to give my novel some much needed TLC.

To be honest, I've actually been thinking quite a bit about my novel lately and even been considering
restructuring it. The thing is, I want to do both a little bit of restructuring but also a lot. I like the basic story line that I have at the moment but there are so many places that I feel need to be expanded upon and expanding upon them would change the whole overall feel for the novel. If I go forth and work on expanding these parts with the ideas in my head, than I'm looking at more of an action-adventure fantasy novel. The more I adapt the novel, the more young adult it becomes rather than the pre-teen audience I had in mind when I first started. That's not necessarily a bad thing. I've also recently delved back into World of Warcraft, which usually gives me a lot of inspiration and ideas and when levelling my female Dark Iron Dwarf Hunter; 'Xárynn', I suddenly got inspired to make her a character in my novel. I suddenly saw her as a long lost dwarven princess and fresh ideas started bouncing around my head. There is no room in my story, as it is, for another major character though; I already have quite a few big characters. However, last month I did start drafting a concept for the sequel novel and I'm now wondering if there is some way of incorporating Xárynn into that story. Playing Dead by Daylight last night also saw me playing with a person by the name of 'Surion' and I immediately fell in love with the name and instantly pictured a character with that name in my head. It came to me so easily. Again, I want to include Surion in my story but I'm not sure where.

I have a feeling that I won't just be restructuring my current novel. The sequel is so far away from having a concrete concept that I can literally change everything about it. I do like the current idea I have for it but I can honestly change anything I want about it, to fit the two characters I have conjured up in my head in the last 48 hours. I'm sad that recently I haven't had the passion or the drive to actually work on my novel but I'm really hoping that with Jordan off next week, I'll be able to take some time to myself and go out somewhere and really focus on what I want to do with my stories and what direction I am going to go in next. I'm hoping to spark some passion in me once again and hopefully not have it snuffed out again. I'll keep you posted about any new development in the novel development though.

Until next time,
Alli xo

2 comments:

  1. A tip: from what I just learned in my masterclass, be wary of too much 'noise' or meandering surrounding the main thrust of your plot. You want the story to have tension in each scene and character interaction that enhances the overall tension and pushes the reader to turn the pages... a long lost dwarven princess might be a compelling story on its own, but if it doesn't aid the main plot, it will just turn into noise and distraction that readers will skip over to get back to the guts of the story. You can't let them lose confidence if your ability to drive the narrative forward by too much diversion, too much lingering on non-essential characters or details. Maybe it's an idea for a future book instead, maybe the sequel or maybe something else?

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    1. I did say that I would save the characters for the sequel and that there isn't room for them in my current novel. My sequel literally only has a very rough epilogue plotted and nothing else so there is more than enough room to structure a plot that includes these two new characters and not have them drive focus away from the main story; especially since there isn't a main story for the sequel yet. Thank you for your comment though.

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