Welcome to this week’s Weekly Writing Wrap-up. This post is late, due to my new work schedule and the lack of sleep I got this weekend. Please forgive me if posts are posted late as I adjust to my new schedule. It should be just this and next week, solely due to working this weekend, getting off at 10PM Sunday and having to get up at 4:30 to get to work forty minutes away by 6. I will do my best to make sure all posts are posted at some time on the day they should be posted.

Anyway, this past week was eventful and not. For those who read my NaNoWriMo post on Friday instead of Thursday like it was supposed to be posted, I won. The experience was the best experience I had so far. While I had days I barely wrote more than 300 words, it was more due to being tired and working than lack of wanting to write or not knowing what is going on in the story. I think next year I am going to make it my goal to hit at least the 1667 words each day. Even if this means I finish way before the 30th. I’ll worry about this come next year.

Beyond winning NaNoWriMo, I took the rest of the week off. Not intentionally, mostly because I needed to finish my certification for my new job and getting called into work. I got no editing done on Seeing Through the Veil. I want to say I am going to do work on it this week, but I can’t even say that. Adapting to the new hours and trying to catch up on sleep is really the main goal for me. So I will say this. This week I am planning to continue writing Pyre first draft at least one day. Editing Seeing Through the Veil one day and lastly spend some time developing The Gathering one day.  If I get one of these three things done this week, I will see this as a successful week.

Before I wrap up, I am thinking about adding a section of what I am currently reading. Well, it will be more of what audiobook I am listening to at the moment. Stephen King says writers must do two things “..write and read.” While I am not reading at the moment. Audiobooks I am going through. I currently going through Brandon Sanderson’s Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection. I have a few of the short stories of his that take place in the collection, thankfully I don’t have all of them. I am enjoying Mistborn: Secrete History. If you’re a fan of fantasy, I highly recommend this collection and all other of his books.

That’s all I got this week. Check back on Friday (Fingers cross that I get the post out on Friday) for the next post in the sub-series Governments that is part of our ongoing series on Worldbuilding. The subject will be Government Structure. Until then, have a great writing week.

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Welcome to this week’s Craft Post. We have been in a massive series on Worldbuilding since May. If you haven’t been reading lately and would like to get caught up, you can find all the posts under the Worldbuilding link. Last week, we started a new sub-series on Government. You can find last week’s post here.

We now know what a Government is, but how many kinds of Government systems are there? The answer a lot:

Absolute Monarchy – kingdom in which monarch has complete power

Anarchy – a society or political system founded on a state of disorder due to absence of government

Aristocracy – government by a wealthy, privileged minority (nobility) or hereditary ruling class, comprising people of noble birth with hereditary titles

Caliphate – government by Muslim civil and religious leader; regarded as the successor of Muhammad

Civil government – government established by laws made by citizens or their representatives; non-military, non-religious authority

Coalition government – temporary alliance of members of two or more parties to form governing majority

Collective – group or institution organized and run by all members equally

Commonwealth – independent state or community, especially a democratic republic

Constitutionalism – government based on written constitutional principles

Constitutional monarchy – government headed by monarch and regulated by constitution

Democracy – government by the people with majority rule exercised in periodic, free election of representatives

Despotism – government in which ruler exercises absolute power, often in cruel or oppressive manner

Dictatorship – autocratic government in which absolute power rests with one person

Duarchy or duumvirate – government or coalition of two people having joint authority

Dyarchy – (diarchy) dual responsibility shared by two independent authorities [e.g. colonial government and native ministers]

Empire – group of states or territories, nations or peoples governed by single sovereign authority

Fascism – authoritarian government based on establishing oppressive, one-party, centralized national regime

Federal government – system in which political units surrender individual sovereignty to central authority, but retain designated powers. Denotes a central government as distinguished from the separate units constituting a federation.

Feudalism – the dominant social system in medieval Europe (from 9th to 15th century) in which the nobility held lands from the Crown in exchange for military service, and vassals were tenants of and protected by the nobles, repaying the Lords with homage, labor and a share of the produce

Gerontocracy – rule by Elders

Gynecocracy – government by women or a woman (gynarchy)

Hagiocracy – government by group of persons believed to be holy

Hierocracy – rule by a priest or a ruling body of priests

Isocracy – government in which all individuals have equal political power

Matriarchy – government or monarchy in which power rests with females with descent reckoned through the female line

Meritocracy – government in which criterion for leadership is skill or intellectual achievement

Monarchy – government with absolute hereditary ruler who serves for life

Ochlocracy – rule by the populace; mob rule

Oligarchy – government by small group of privileged individuals (Example: Princeton study says the U.S. really is…Study)

Pantisocracy – a form of utopian social organization in which all are equal in social position and responsibility

Parliamentary government – system in which executive (prime minister) is chosen by elected legislature (parliament) from among its members

Patriarchy – government or monarchy in which power rests with the males and descent is reckoned through the male line

Plutocracy – government by the wealthy; an elite or ruling class whose power derives from their wealth

Principality – state ruled by a prince, often part of larger state or empire

Regency – reign of non-monarch during youth or indisposition of monarch

Republic – government in which supreme power is vested in the people and their elected representatives of citizenry

Sovereignty – political autonomy; the authority of a state to govern itself or another state

Stratocracy – government by the military

Technocracy – government by an elite of technical experts

Thearchy – rule by a god or gods, or divine sovereignty

Theocracy – a system of government in which priests rule in the name of God or a god

Timocracy – (1) government in which rulers are motivated by ambition or love of honor or military glory (2) government In which possession of property is required in order to hold office

Totalitarianism – authoritarian dictatorial system in which citizen is subject to complete subservience of state

Triarchy – government ruled jointly by three persons ( also called ‘Triumvirate’)

Tyranny – government by single absolute authority, exercising cruel, oppressive power

Unitary government – system in which power is held by single central source and local governments are merely administrative agents. The opposite of federalism

Welfare state – system in which ultimate responsibility of government is well-being of all citizens

This list comes from Fantasy Factor. See what I mean. There are a lot of different kinds of government systems to choose from. You could also look at some of the fictional governments that have been made. You can find a list here.

That is all I have today, but next week we will focus on the structure of Government and the week after we will look at creating our own government. Until then check back on Monday for my Weekly Writing Wrap-up.

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Welcome to my delayed NaNoWriMo 2016 post. I forgot all about this post yesterday. I was in the middle of finishing a certification for my job and then got called in. Anyway, my NaNo was a very interesting experience.

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The charts from the three years I won. 2013 and 2016 have a lot in common. I knew more about these books than I did about the book I was writing last in 2015. It’s funny to me that while I know more about my book I start off slowly barely or don’t meet the daily word count yet finish with a spike. By the way, Scrivener said I had only a few words over 50k. When I submitted it NaNo word count confirmation said I had over 57k. That’s okay. Just means fewer words I have to write after Nano now as I continue to write Pyre.

I will say, this year I had a lot of distractions that you can see right around day 16 through day 22. Funny how that is right after I posted my half way point post. I got through it and I am still enjoying the story. Especially figuring our my characters. A surprise character for me is Ariel. She has an important role, but not the main character. She has come to life after I got some real life inspiration for her. Maybe I will have to let her live now… Ops! Spoilers… Not really. That would mean someone would survive one of those every dies at the end stories. Crap! I did it again… Or did I. Anyway, it is a delight to write another character beyond my two lovely leading ladies. I can’t wait to get to some of my classic character I have planned for this story over a decade ago.

My biggest struggle for this year’s NaNo was simply trying to figure out how my magic systems would work. Having seven that will appear in the trilogy and knowing how a few of them will look and work is one thing. Having one of the first to appear, not knowing how practical it will be for characters who are learning will work but know the larger picture was a challenge. I do enjoy what I am discovering. Thanks to this discovery I am finding out new ways for characters to use this system for when they get stronger and how their fighting styles will be different from others.

That’s all I got. Before I got I want to send out and congrats to all who participated in NaNoWriMo regardless if you reached 50k or not. Writing isn’t easy, though the perception of it is that it is easy. I tell people who are new to writing or have been writing for some time, the point of NaNoWriMo is to get you to write daily. If you can walk away from this writing every day even if it was just a hundred words that’s great.  I also say set your own word count goal. Some people it needs to be something really easy to reach the first time. That way the next goal will be just a little more challenging. I do say that it is best to pick a goal that is going to be challenging but still possible to do. Let’s face 50,000 words is a lot of words. For those of you who did win, great keep plugging away at your novel, if you haven’t completed it yet. Don’t forget if you’re are done to take the December revision pledge to go over your novel and make it better.

Check back later today for my Craft Post. This post was supposed to be it, but I remembered I was supposed to do it. I will post that craft post in a few hours. Until then. Check back on Monday’s for my Weekly Writing Wrap-up.

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Welcome to this week’s Weekly Writing Wrap-up, it has been a long week. I didn’t work that much this week, yet I am tired. My coffee doesn’t seem to be working. That could be due to me only having a little of it so far. This busy week comes with many things, so let’s dive right into them.

Let’s start off the disappointment of the week. I got nothing done on Seeing Through the Veil. Nothing. Didn’t even look at it. Not sure why, or how that happened. I had time. Yet I didn’t. My guess is that playing catch up on Pyre (Book 1 in Forbidden Realm Trilogy) prevented that. It is NaNoWriMo for two more days (not counting today). I realized that I hadn’t touched Veil around Friday and I knew I wasn’t going to get to it. I am going to make time to work on it this week. After Wednesday, I will be able to dedicate time to it.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo, that is what I spent my week working on. I am behind by about four thousand words. It’s less than that, but I decided to round up because looking at the number of 46,666 I need to be at today, and where I am. I feel it is closer to 4k than not. I could be wrong, with my coffee not kicking in, my desire to know the actual number of words I need isn’t really there. There something fun about writing the first draft where your Magic Systems are up front from the start. Most of my series are like this, but Seeing Through the Veil isn’t one of them. It will be eventually, at the same time there is a difference. The best part is figuring out how the magic will be used. I know how it will be used, but that is after the characters are powerful. I am not there yet. These characters have limits how to look at it from when they will drain or used up all their magic power supply.

For my Life magic system, I seem to be drawing more from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn at the moment. Since the characters aren’t strong enough or powerful enough to use the energy beyond their bodies. So, I rely on how to make their stats like speed, strength, etc change. Not just that, but since I am dealing with alien races as well, how could an alien race with a specific ability of their race be affected by using life. It’s fun. When this book is finished, I will have to go over what I came up with and streamline how all the magic systems work. Especially together. Of the seven in the series, only three are showcased in book 1.

With National Novel Writing Month wrapping up on Wednesday, I am going to try to get done by tomorrow. Not sure if I will, but I am going to try. It will all depend on how much I wake up in the next few hours. Once I am done with NaNo, I will be spending more time on Seeing Through the Veil. I will continue to write Pyre as I am only in section two, but I will spend less time trying to play catch up to hit a specific word count goal by a certain date. Also, the faster I get through the edits on the veil the more time I will have for Pyre.

That leads me to The Gathering. Nothing new has come up since last week. Mostly because I am at a point in the development trying to do it at work isn’t going to work anymore. I will need to sit down and toss all of my idea on paper and start examining them. I could do this at work, but well it’s work and not working is frowned upon. I am not sure when I will sit down and start to develop further on The Gathering, but it will probably be after I am done with Veil or when I have taken a huge chunk out of the editing on the veil. Or, tomorrow because I am hit with an idea that I just need to get down.

Finally, I have continued to expand the events of the multiverse. What’s the Multiverse? Well boys and girls, according to many scientists, it is possible our universe isn’t the only universe out there. Under the many-worlds theory, in one world, you are Batman. Okay, enough with that. The multiverse is where all my stories take place in. There events behind the scenes of all my stories that come together in a much larger story. I have been slowly mapping out events. I wrote a huge chunk on Friday. Surprisingly, I found a character who was a good guy who actually is a villain. Now I am finding I like the idea of multiple villains. Think of this way, you have one character who is THE VILLAIN, the comes along another guy is a villain and same thing happens again so you have three villains. Twist, one of the villains turns out to be THE VILLAIN instead of the first villain who it was believed. Not sure if that will happen, I am still developing but it would be fun to do.

Think of this way, you have one character who is THE VILLAIN, the comes along another guy is a villain and same thing happens again so you have three villains. Twist, one of the villains turns out to be THE VILLAIN instead of the first villain who it was believed. Not sure if that will happen, I am still developing but it would be fun to do. It seems like I am doing these developments every few weeks. You know, after the brain has had some time to meld on what has already come before it and figure out where it is going. Time will tell how this is going to turn out.

That’s all for this week. Checkback on Thursday for a wrap-up of NaNoWriMo, and my thoughts and experience of it. Friday we are on a new sub-series in our on going Worldbuilding Series. Governments, yeah fun topic, especially what is going on right now. Check back next week to see how everything going writing wise. Until then keep writing. For those who are participating in NaNoWriMo, you’re almost there. Keep it up.

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Welcome to this week’s Craft Post. For anyone new, we are in a massive Worldbuilding series. If you would like to get caught up, you can find all the posts under the Worldbuilding link in the toolbar. Today is a good day to be new. We are starting a new sub-series on Government. Let’s dive in.

Oh boy, Government. This is a tricky topic to tackle. This topic isn’t just as simple of a topic like others. To list a few things what is involved in this topic:

  • Types of Government
  • Power structure
  • Branches of Government
  • Politics
  • Taxes
  • Crime/Legal System
  • Foreign Relations
  • Military
  • Economics

That is just a brief list. A government is involved in every part of the lands territory. Unless you live in an Anarchy. We already covered Economics, you can find those posts here. This is a very large topic. We will cover all these areas in the list, but how we will go about that I have yet to decide. Mostly Criminal/ Legal System and Military will probably be different sub-series. For today, I just want to cover what a Government is. Next week we will talk about types of Governments.

What is a Government?

According to Dictionary.com: Government

  1. The political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states; the direction of the affairs of a state, community, etc.; political administration.
  2. The form or system of rule by which a state, community, etc., is governed.
  3. The governing body of persons in a state, community, etc.; administration.

Wikipedia: Government

A government is a system by which a state or community is controlled. In the case of this broad associative definition, government normally consists of legislators, administrators, and arbitrators. Government is the means by which state policy is enforced, as well as the mechanism for determining the policy of the state.

You could say that any form of a power structure, is a type of government. However, most only apply to those areas they oversee not a nation. Families, business, etc. are similar, just how far the power stretches is limited. The question becomes what type of government structure do you take? We aren’t covering this, today but when it comes to families it is more of a dictatorship. With parents rule is final.

We could cover different types of Government structures, but I wanted to just focus on what a Government is. With the Holiday Weekend, I didn’t want to go to deep. Next week we will go over types of governments and possibly structure of Government. Until then, have a good rest of the week. Enjoy Black Friday Shopping.

Monday, I post a Weekly Writing Wrap-up for my writing week. I will focus on how NaNoWriMo and other parts of writing. Until then.

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Welcome to last Friday’s Craft Post. Sorry for the late posting. For the reasons see my post about being late or my Weekly Writing Wrap-up. For those who are new, we are currently in a massive Worldbuilding Series. We are currently on our seventh sub-series, economics. This post will be the last post in this sub-series. Friday we will start a new sub-series. To get completely caught up, check out the Worldbuilding link in the toolbar. To read all the posts in this sub-series you can find them here. Let’s get started.

Current Prices
Pounds Ounces Gram
Gold  $39,063.13  $1,214.70  $389.9500
Platinum  $30,205.60  $939.50  $30.2100
Palladium  $23,505.39  $731.10  $23.5100
Silver  $241.32  $16.57  $0.5400
Copper  $3.68  $0.23  $0.0055

Before we go into Goods and Services I want to talk more about the value of money. It plays into them. Today’s prices for the top precious metals. Well Gold, Platinum, and Palladium, don’t know where Silver and Copper come on the list overall. I have four tables for you to look at.

Same Gram in coin Different Gram in coin
Gram Worth Coin = Gram Worth Coin =
GP 4.5 175.27 1 GP 4.5 175.27 1
SP 4.5 1.03 180.52 SP 9 4.77 37.31
CP 4.5 0.02 8763.5 CP 7 0.38 4612.36

Base one these two tables you see how many silver pieces and copper pieces to make one gold coin based today’s prices by the gram. The first table uses the same amount of grams per piece. The second uses different levels. Based on today’s prices, if the same about of copper is in a coin as there is gold that’s 8763.5 pieces of copper to make one gold coin. It a changes to 4612.36 when you change the grams. You may wonder why this is important. We will cover that. I would like to think more about how great the difference is in worth.  180 pieces of silver is a lot of coin to carry around. So is over 8000 or 4000 copper pieces no matter what table you use. Let’s see how much this changes when we use Platinum gram price for silver and Palladium for copper.

Same Gram Different Values Different Gram Different Values
Gram Worth Coin = Gram Worth Coin =
GP 4.5 175.27 1 GP 9 350.55 1
SP 4.5 135.94 1.2 SP 4.5 135.94 2.57
CP 4.5 105.79 1.6 CP 2.5 38.77 5.96

Wow, that’s a huge difference. Way too high. Only .2 difference in value if you use the same grams. 2.57 is better, but not as good. The same goes for copper. Under this value, you have to care less money but at the same time, it isn’t the best value.

You might be asking why does this matter? My point is simple. If you go play any RPG video games or RPG table top games you might find pricing for goods and services that have one GP for a loft of bread. Or 2, I am looking at you Skyrim. Based on what one gold coin is worth of 4.5 grams of gold costs $350.54. That better be the best bread I will ever eat to cost that much. Skyrim doesn’t have any other coinage other than gold, so it isn’t as bad. However, what if everything is based on gold like bread but you have lower coins?  That would make no sense? You’re an idiot of you pay 4 gold for a hammer. That should be something far less. Maybe 5 silvers.

The best example of goods and services is in D&D

Adventuring Gear
Item Cost Item Cost Item Cost Item Cost
Acid (flask) 10gp Firewood (per day) 1 cp Mirror, small steel 10 gp Sledge 1 gp
Alchemist’s fire (flask) 20 gp Fishhook 1 sp Mug/tankard, clay 2 cp Soap (per lb.) 5 sp
Antitoxin (vial) 50 gp Fishing net, 25 sq. ft. 4 gp Oil (1-pint flask) 1 sp Spade or shovel 2 gp
Backpack (empty) 2 gp Flask 3 cp Paper (sheet) 4 sp Spyglass 1000gp
Barrel (empty) 2 gp Flint and steel 1 gp Parchment (sheet) 2 sp Tent 10 gp
Basket (empty) 4 sp Grappling hook 1 gp Pick, miner’s 3 gp Torch 1 cp
Bedroll 1 sp Hammer 5 sp Pitcher, clay 2 cp Vial, ink or potion 1 gp
Bell 1 gp Ink (1 oz. vial) 8 gp Piton 1 sp Waterskin 1 gp
Blanket, winter 5 sp Inkpen 1 sp Pole, 10-foot 2 sp Whetstone 2 cp
Block and tackle 5 gp Jug, clay 3 cp Pot, iron 5 sp
Bottle, wine, glass 2 gp Ladder, 10-foot 5 cp Pouch, belt 1 gp
Bucket (empty) 5 sp Lamp, common 1 sp Ram, portable 10 gp
Caltrops 1 gp Lantern, bullseye 12 gp Rations, trail(per day) 5 sp
Candle 1 cp Lantern, hooded 7 gp Rope, hemp (50 ft.) 1 gp
Canvas (sq. yd.) 1 sp Lock, very simple 20 gp Rope, silk (50 ft.) 10 gp
Case, map or scroll 1 gp Lock, Average 40 gp Sack (empty) 1 sp
Chain (10 ft.) 30 gp Lock, Good 80 gp Sealing wax 1 gp
Chalk, 1 piece 1 cp Lock, Amazing 150 gp Sewing needle 5 sp
Chest (empty) 2 gp Manacles 15 gp Signal whistle 8 sp
Crowbar 2 gp Manacles, masterwork 50 gp Signet ring‡ 5 gp

This is from D&D 3rd edition. To see all the goods you can find them here. D&D Wikia.

If you look over the items list you see prices that cost different values. This isn’t based on our values of gold, silver, and copper. There value is 10 sp = 1 gp. 10 cp = 1 sp. Simple, but gives you an idea.

Let’s look at a crafting your own goods and services. Depending on how functional you want it to be, determines how much you work on this. Think of things like this. If you want a realistic as you can. Your prices will be different everywhere you go. Example:

I am currently living in New Hampshire where there is no sale tax. This means that what the price is what it is. Cross the board to Massachusetts, there is sales tax. What a can of beans costs in New Hampshire is different in Massachusetts. This is the rich area as well, so going somewhere else like Arizona, prices are cheaper. How much, there’s a difference. This will go the same in your world.

Paying to rent a room in the capital of nation will be different than a room in the middle of nowhere. Beer, a few coppers it should cost in the poor areas of a city while in the rich districts you may pay a silver or gold for the best wine in the house. To make things simple you could have a set price for items overall, or to make it a little more complex one price for poor areas and another price for rich areas.  Same goes for cities and villages. It’s up to you. Just remember sometimes prices may be high in nowhere due to the cost to get items there.

That’s all I got on this topic. It is a very complex topic if you really want to make it real. Read The Name of the Wind and see how Pat Rothfuss does it. Also, you could take courses on economics or read some books.

On Friday we will start our next sub-series. I am thinking it might be time to discuss Governments. Not sure if that will be the next topic or not, but as of this moment, it is. Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.

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Welcome to this week’s Weekly Writing Wrap-up. I know I am behind on this past Friday’s Craft post. It will be posted later today. Thanks to a friend quitting his job, I got more hours this week. A lot more hours. Thanks to those hours I lost track of the days. Next thing I know its Friday morning and I am like oh yeah a craft post. So it’s coming.

This week in writing, not much happened. All those extra hours drained me mentally and I didn’t want to write much near the end of the week. I got some words down for Pyre (Forbidden Realm Book 1). I also did some editing in Seeing Through the Veil. Not nearly what I planned to do. Let’s take this in pieces first Seeing Through the Veil.

I got one chapter edited. It was good, but nothing huge. I am still several scenes from finishing the section. With this week I only have to work one other day, I am going to make sure I finish the section. And at least one scene in the next section. At the rate I am going, I am not going to get this draft done by December 31st. It looks more like January. I hope not, but based on how much left I have to edit and the new scenes I need to add. It’s looking like nearly two more months of editing. Time will tell.

Pyre and NaNoWriMo are going okay. I was on track with each day’s word count and now I am far behind. Part of the reason is from work and not having the mental function to write more than a few hundred words. Sunday I didn’t write any. The other part of the problem is I am writing a different POV character now and working on a whole new Magic system. While I know how it works, I am struggling with she is capable at the level she is. I know what she will be able to do later on, but in the beginning of the book. I don’t want her to be too strong and be able to do too much. Though I have thought about tying in some clues for later so we will see.

Finally, I am making some headway on The Gathering. I figured out a key part of the overall Magic System today. By doing that, I figured out that I may not be going forward as this series being two trilogies. Instead, it would be a Cycle. (Four books, think Inheritance Cycle.) If I go ahead with this change a lot of my old notes go by the waste side. However, I like the idea of doing four books. I don’t want all my series to be able to be broken down into a trilogy or two trilogies. I like the idea of having a series that has four, five, seven books in it instead of something that fits perfectly into the three act structure. For those who don’t know. I hate it. Not saying it isn’t a good thing, I just ignore when I write.

That’s all for today. The craft post will be up later today. Not sure when. I have some research to do before I can write it. Hopefully before noon, but it might not be up until late this evening. For those taking part in NaNoWriMo keep writing. Those who aren’t same to you. Me, it’s one in the morning. I am going to bed.

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Goods and Services Craft Post Late

Posted: November 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

Due to someone at my work quitting, I have to fill in. This week’s craft post will be late. Hopefully, I will be able to have it up by tomorrow. However. it may not be posted until Monday.  Sorry about the delay.

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Welcome to a special post, here on November 16th. For all of you out there who are participating in National Novel Writing Month, this if for you. If you’re not participating… “WHY THE HELL AREN’T YOU!!!?” Sorry. Couldn’t help myself. I know there are reasons why you might not want to or can’t. So I guess, this is kind of for you too.

Let me guess how you might be feeling right now? “Why is this so hard? It was so easy just a week ago. I flew ahead. Words were just seemingly appearing on the page. What happened? I don’t know what is going on. I couldn’t write for the last few days, now if I want to finish on time I will have to write more than the 1667 words per day. I was barely making that many words. AH!”

Is that even close to what you are feeling? It is. Well then, let me welcome you to the club. It is called being a writer. Regardless of trying to write 50k in a month or 150k over six months. At times, writing sucks. It happens to all of us. Especially during NaNoWriMo. The first few days or even week is easy. You’re making great progress, even if you are just hitting that 1667 words per day. Then week two hits and you miss a day of writing maybe two. Week three comes along and you missed three more in a row and it seems like you have 5000 words you need to write each to finish by November 30th.

For the record, if you miss five days up to today. You have 33,335 words left. You actually only have 2222.33333 words per day. Not 5000. I know 2222 words can seem like a lot. You can do this. That is why I am posting this today. Today is day 16 of NaNoWriMo. Meaning there are 15 days left (I am counting today) to finish. Plenty of time. The key to doing this is writing. The more time you spend writing the more your are engaged with the story, the less these roadblocks like writer’s block will take place.

You might not be feeling excited about your story anymore. Maybe you are seeing those dreaded plot holes. Or, you’re in an area that is really dragging because nothing really interesting is going on, but the scene is important later on. Here are some ideas to help you get back that energy and excitement.

If you are bored with the scene you’re on, think of ways you can make it exciting without having to add an unnecessary action scene. Find the conflict in that scene and blow it up where it is really engaging. Even if it is way too big. You can always fix this later in the second draft.

You’re on a scene that is boring and you need to get through it to get to the next part that you just can’t wait to write. Skip this scene and write the scene you want to write. Especially if you can’t wait to write it. That will translate into your story. Also, you get excited and if you’re excited you will keep writing. When you come back tot his boring scene you will know how the scene after or the scenes after it take place and can better steer this scene towards those and make it not as boring.

Just write. Even if it is boring or you just don’t want to. Just putting words on the page will help get your brain fired up.

Stuck on what to write, find a writing prompt to help you. Wait a second, here are two links to some random ones. Seventh Sanctum and Writing Exercises. Click the button and see what pops up. Use that as a starting point. See how well you can make this random idea work with your story. Maybe you might find some interesting changes you want to keep.

Most importantly, this is your first draft. Whatever you write now, doesn’t mean it is going to be in your final draft. Just write the story and do it any way that will get it out. Second drafts are meant to perfect the story.

You are half way to the 30th, keep writing. You can do this.

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Welcome to this week’s Weekly Writing Wrap-up, today ends week 2 of NaNoWriMo. Day 15 is tomorrow. Wednesday there will be only 15 days left. I have a special post planned for Wednesday on that. With that, let’s jump right into everything.

I am going to start with the bad part of the week. No, I’m not talking about the results of the Presidental Election. I am talking about draft 2.1. I got some work done on it this week, but nowhere close to what I would have liked. It turns out that writing two different stories at the same time for the first is actually easier than writing a story and editing a different at the same time. Can’t tell you how many times on Seeing Through the Veil and Forbidden Realm Book 1 Pyre I have reversed the POV. I used the third person on the veil and present tense on pyre. I quickly catch myself, but it is frustrating. Good news is I am very close to closing out the section. It is getting better, but struggling solely trying to write two very different things.

Good news is I am very close to closing out the section. It is getting better, but struggling solely trying to write two very different things. My goal for Seeing Through the Veil is to close out the section I am working on. Possibly the section after since it is a shorter section as well. The section I am on is more important right now than the one that follows. Moving on.

Pyre is coming along well. After today, I will hit the 23333 words needed to be done stay on track to finish by November 30th. As things are going right now, it shouldn’t be a long sprint at the end to win. Unlike it usually is. I think the reason is that I am more prepared for this story than other in the past that I have just concocted last minute for NaNo. Also, having spent a good portion of the last year writing has also helped. It is true the more you write the easier it gets. However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be bad days or times when it gets hard.

I am about to close out my first section, probably tomorrow. That will make the first section about 25k. Since my overall word count for this book is 250k, that’s not bad. However, I still have another major POV character to introduce so this draft might end up being closer to 300 to 325k by the time I am done. I am not worried about word count on this book. This trilogy is meant to be an epic-length so 300k fits that. Of course, editing will cut that down, but that is way in the future. I’ll keep you posted.

Finally, I am sitting down and starting to work on the magic systems of the Gathering. This will be the next series I develop. Or like every series so far redevelop. I made some great progress working on the magic systems for this series. Looking back at my original ideas for the magic in this trilogy and what I changed it to when I started to revamp the first time. Very different, but the same. Having read more fantasy and study on magic systems, I am far better prepared to do work on the eight magic systems in this series.

Some might think I am falling into the trap of too many magic systems in a story. Yes, I could be, but I also know the story and it requires that many. The key is to not overload the readers with all of them at once. The story is looking to be about six books right now. The first trilogy is focused on six of the eight which you slowly learn about all them throughout the books. The second trilogy is about the final two of the eight. I am still in the early stages of development, so all this could change. Highly unlikely, though.

I will say this in closing, Seeing Through the Veil, Forbidden Realm, and The Gathering have all been series I have started years ago and reworking. When I am done with developing the Gathering, it may be time to develop another series from scratch. Time will tell, but we will see.

That’s all I got today. Remember to check back on Wednesday for our special Half Way Point NaNoWriMo post. Friday will be the final post in our Economics post after I added a post to the sub-series. I hope everyone out there is doing well writing. For those who are participating in NaNoWriMo, keep it up.

 

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