The WIPWednesday progress for today involves drama. All good stories have drama of some sort, and it’s that tension that keeps a reader flipping pages. In The Final Rose, I have a few dramatic scenes that I got excited while writing and am equally excited to rewrite.
So here’s a glimpse of what happens when Task and crew get to their destination, the Floating Islands, to give tribute to the gods… [First Draft Warning Alert]
Something red and glowing smacked into his face, nearly forcing itself down his throat. He grabbed at it, catching it between two fingers before it floated off in the winds. It was a petal – a rose petal – and one that had once sat on Ziove’s chest, proudly displayed like a battle scar.
Something was very wrong.
He shoved the petal into his pocket and pushed forward faster, making them keep up with him. She had to be there, standing just out of reach. She had to be near them, frozen in the wind the same way he had been at first.
Maybe the gods protected her. Maybe the gods were keeping her out of it and giving them a way out – death or run.
A brief introduction to Task Tannes, the MC of my novel. Task is a thief who is cocky, self-assured and selfish. These are scenes from the first chapter (draft two, so pre-revision). Just a small excerpt:
[…] Anyone that came into White Nymph Tavern before noon was bound to be lost to the cups or the cards. Task just happened to be an expert at both, as well as the most ancient art in the entire town of Thornin: pickpocketing. […]
He counted out the coin in his hand, adding the fee to the barkeep that he’d already removed. He’d stolen quite a bit of money that morning, but what was the use? It had practically fallen out of the man’s pocket and there was no true deception. A stuttering fool was easily mimicked. He wanted to strive for something higher. To achieve something unachievable.
This year is the year I’ve decided to get serious with my writing. And to do so means editing, revising and eventually publishing. Last month was editing – developmental on my side – so this month is putting those edits to work in my revision.
My novel is the same I was doing last monthfor #editnfriends.
The Final Rose is an epic fantasy novel that I hope feels like a Final Fantasy game has been written in prose. It’s currently long at 137,000 words and is only looking like it’ll get closer to 150k that I’d like.
The basic premise is:
Every seven years, droughts hit Adomar. To appease the Gods and bring rain, a tribute bearer is chosen by the divine to travel to the Floating Islands and barter for blessings. Never before had a tribute bearer returned.
This time, the chosen tribute bearer is the princess of Adomar, Ziove. In an effort to save her from the fate of the others, a traveling part is established. The strongest knight. A well-known mage. A summoner with knowledge beyond time. And a peasant to serve as bait and barter.
To choose the peasant, the king frames it as a challenge to be won, complete with prize purse. Task Tannes, a local con artist and thief, decides that the purse is worth the trouble it will take to flee his responsibilities.
But when he can’t escape and is forced on the journey, his life changes completely. It turns out that there are things more important than gold, and it is worth the sacrifice to save it.
The main character is Task Tannes. The other POV character is his rival, Sir Geir, the knight master of Adomar. In alternating (not symmetrical or in any given rhythm) POVs, I hope to show how each goes closer toward the middle (and beyond) to understand each other and help save the princess.
Right now, my romance is lacking. I need a lot more set up scenes. And there are parts I need to revise and expand (many). So that’s my focus for the month.
Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to watch me suffer through it by reading along. Bonus mission? Participate as well. Use the hashtag on social media. Bother others to do it as well.
Writing and editing may be solitary, but venting is communal.
So, last month was very successful for me when it comes to blogging, and I owe most of that to the #editnfriends challenge by Liz. Now that we’ve reached the end of the month, I offered to host a challenge for the month of April. With some help from Liz, I decided to call it: #reviseandrevive
As you readers may know, April is one of the Camp NaNoWriMo months. It’s not a month for 50,000 words but a month with various goals, one of which is revision. This ties into the WriYe challenge of Resurrection April where the goal is to rewrite, revise or finish a novel that you haven’t touched in awhile. For me, my editing and revising of The Final Rose counts.
I know many others may be doing something similar, so a blogging challenge might help keep people going. That’s where #reviseandrevive comes in. The basic weekly premise is this:
So what does that mean? Every Monday, answer the question regarding some aspect of your story process. The writing, the revising, the editing, the crying… All is fair game.
Wednesday, there will be a themed excerpt to share. Wednesday on Twitter has #WIPWednesday which I think you can tie in on most weeks.
Friday is an optional prompt to write a piece of flash fiction (<1000 words) about and share on your blog. This doesn’t need to be related to your WIP at all. We’re all building platforms here and it would be good to let you readers know how I write. As terrible as it may be.
My plan is to have the weekly prompts for the following week posted the Sunday before. So, today I will post for week one AND week two to give you plenty of time. I’m a big fan of pre-writing blog posts so I understand for those of us who don’t have this elusive “free time” in abundance.
Without further ado, your first two weeks of #reviseandrevive:
April 1st – Introduce Yourself and Your Novel. What are your goals? Are you tying this into any other challenge?
April 3rd – #WIPWednesday: Share with us the first time you introduce your main character.
April 5th – Prompt: Lightning Bugs
April 8th – Tell us a bit about your favorite character in the novel. What makes them so interesting to you? If they’re not the MC, why not?
April 10th – #WIPWednesday: Share with us the most dramatic scene you’ve written so far. Just a small bit of it so we’re all hooked for more.