Writing News Tidbits
The good news is; I’ve reached over 20,000 words on my work in progress, The Frog Prince, Tales of Ambia Book 2.
And here’s the bad news.
The Reluctant Godfather was between 24 and 25 thousands word so you’re probably thinking: “Oh, she’s almost half way done.”
Breaking News: Nope. The Frog Prince is going to be novel length. I’m thinking between 40,000 and 50,000 words.
I tried, I really did, but the cast is twice as big, the plot is twice as complicated and when I’m floundering in my writing I get twice as long-winded. Not only will The Frog Prince be longer, I foresee a lot more revisions.
Plus, I’m just plain worried. Are my characters unlikable? Is this darker? Does the plot make any sense? Does it drag? AM I GOING TO FAIL?
And this brings me to the question I have for YOU, dear readers. An urgent question that will shape the future of Ambia.
Should people die in The Tales of Ambia?
The Reluctant Godfather is a pretty light story and I’m wondering if I might have written myself into a hole. Is Ambia the story of series or the sort of world where characters can die and it doesn’t seem drastically out of place? Before anybody starts to panic, let’s just say it’s villains. Should villains die in Ambia? Even if I go the route of Disney-Deaths (off-screen falls from great heights) is it too much for Ambia?
And what do you think of explosions and sword fights and things like that?
So, I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback and they would be greatly appreciated and earn you a place in the acknowledgements of The Frog Prince (if you aren’t already there) AND if I ever finish writing the thing. ‘lowers head to keyboard’
i am trying, hoping and praying that the first draft of The Frog Prince will be finished by the end of the month (crazed laughter). #sendhelp
Would my readers like to see me blog about anything in particular on future posts? No, I have not run out of ideas already – I have at least ten posts I’m working on now and I’m bursting at the seams with new ideas but as always, I’m interested in reader participation and I wanted to know if there is anything YOU would like to see on here!
ONE MORE QUESTION FOR YOU –
Some of you might know that one of my favorite authors is Frank Baum (author of the Wizard of Oz). One of the things that fascinated me about Frank Baum was the ‘reader participation’ in his writing. Readers would write in with suggestions for Oz and all the things they wanted to see and Frank Baum would take their ideas and work them into the next Oz book – thanking all the readers in the acknowledgements of each new installment.
I have been kicking around the idea of (sometime in the future) posting a story to my blog a chapter at a time. I would post the opening chapter or two with the premise and then based on the comments of readers feedback the story would be written from there. If it was any good – I would look at publishing it at an even LATER date – with all of you in the acknowledgements.
This is just a nutty idea – not sure if it would work – but I was curious what you guys would think about doing an ode to Frank Baum’s unique style!
And Now The Questions For Moi.
Several months ago, I opened the floor to questions from my subscribers with the intention of a Q&A post. While I got some terrific questions – I have also gotten a lot more subscribers since then (very lovely ones, too) and I wanted to give you all a chance to ask some questions as well.
Here are the questions from the previous post that have already been asked, so you know what’s already going to be answered and maybe to jump start your own questions.
1. What is the worst thing you’ve ever eaten.
2. If you had a dog, what would you name him/her?
3. Who is your favorite author?
4. If you could travel to any country in the world, where would you go and why?
5. If you could travel to any state, which state would you choose and why?
6. What was your favorite age that you’ve ever been? Why?
7. What was the best day of your life (so far)?
8. What’s the most scared you’ve ever been (excepting situations that didn’t end well and wouldn’t be fun to talk about)?
9. If you were going to be marooned on an island for a year, and could only have 3 books (other than the Bible) what would they be?
10. Are you more of an extrovert or introvert? Mixture of both?
11. How old were you when you first started writing (I’m thinking of stories here)?
12. Favorite book of all time?
13. What is your current desktop wallpaper?
14. Do you have a favorite Disney movie?
15. Do you have pets? If so, how many, what kind, etc.?
16. Do you ever make up stories in your head and talk out loud with the characters? Just wondering if you’re as crazy as I am!
17. The character development in your published and soon-to-be-published works is amazing, and your characters’ personalities and actions simply leap off the page. What tips would you give other writers for developing vivid, believable, realistic, and endearing characters?
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