It’s been a while since I have written a WIP update so it’s probably well overdue. I have been really busy over the course of December and feel like my little project hasn’t had the time it deserves. But then I realise that I have spent most of my spare, waking moments thinking about it. So, just because I don’t have many more words in the page, so to speak, I have progressed a fair bit.
I have been focusing on character development and back stories as well as world and culture building. I want to know my main characters inside out before I go any further. Though I do currently have the vague plot planned out for the whole book and the ending written up in note form. It’s been a really interesting process for me, unexpected characters have announced themselves and some characters have done some very interesting and surprising things. I definitely feel like my head is a noisy place right now!
I have been trying to make sure that my characters are well rounded, I have even been wondering which Hogwart’s House my characters would be in (because you can tell a lot about a person from their Hogwart’s House right?) Of my main characters I have three Ravenclaws, one Hufflepuff, one Slytherin, two Gryffindors, and one charter that the sorting hat just can’t make up it’s mind about. (It’s Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff… it just can’t decide!)
I have also found certain aspects of my own personality pop up in various characters, which I hope is a good thing. I feel like certain real world things are not discussed often enough in fantasy, like anxiety and chronic illness so that’s becoming something I feel the need to explore.
Speaking of which, Leigh Bardugo did a wonderful job exploring elements of disability with her character Kaz Brekker in Six of Crows which I read last year – you can see my quick round up of all the books I read (And loved) in 2017. It was also nice for me to see a part of myself on the page, Kaz walks with a cane and I too have a limp though I don’t use a cane, yet. I felt a certain strange kinship with him because of this.
There is a quote from the second book in the Six of Crows duology which is called Crooked Kingdom and this one resonated with me. It’s Kaz talking to one of the other characters Inej… “I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.” For me, each day is a fight, and although I don’t need to use knives or pistols there is still a battle. Kaz would do anything to save Inej, but Kaz would also do anything to survive and that’s what it sometimes feels like with a chronic illness. (And if you haven’t read Six of Crows you really should!)
I wish I had more details to share, maybe if I am feeling brave next time I will share some of my own quotes or more specific details. Currently my word count stands at about 50k of written computer text. But this doesn’t include the piles of note books which contain information, show scenes and ideas. Nor the few scenes that just felt so personal to me that I had to write them myself (incredibly slowly) with paper and pen. Although it’s incredible time consuming for me, (and some days it’s almost impossible for me) I feel more of a connection to what I physically write rather than that which I type.
And that’s about it for this update. Hopefully I will update a bit more regularly now that the chaos of the end of the year is over. Well until October that is, when I start my Masters in Creative Writing! I am so nervous but so excited too. I have two textbooks to read before the course starts so I am getting started with them, and all of the exercises they contain. I will write more about that over the next couple of months.
Are you writing anything right now? I would love to hear about it.
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