Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Writing Update

If you've been reading my blog over the past few months, you know that I wrote a fantasy/comedy novel entitled "Pen and Sword" for National Novel Writing Month in November. NaNoWriMo may be over, but my novel wasn't quite finished. So I'm here to give you an update on how the finishing process is going.

First, I was unfortunately delayed by the inability to access my notes - after the free trial expired, Scrivener exported my novel but not any of my notes. I managed to write a bit here and there, but I always assumed I'd be able to export the notes, so I didn't bother to remember them.

I've finally bought Scrivener, which means I have it now and forever. Hooray! As I've said thousands of times before, it's the most awesome writing software, ever. I was able to access my notes again, and so I started writing

Okay, so, erm, since NaNoWriMo ended, I've written about 7,000 words. Embarrassing, I know. I write 50,000 words in one month, and then just...stop? Apparently. But, I'm going to get back to writing every day, making sure I get at least 1,000 words in, and I should be able to finish this novel by the middle of this month.

As for the plot, things are really heating up. For those of you who've read my earlier blog posts: My character have succeeded in their quest for a fifty-thousand word adventure, but they're left stranded on the far side of a mountain range from their home, without any food, supplies, or horses; they've lost most of their weapons and are left only with Katarina's knife. The wizards that were chasing them are gone, for now, but they're in unfamiliar territory and they have no idea what they're going to run into next.

As for Eleanor and Ferdinand, they managed to track the characters far enough to find the note The Authoress sent them, telling them they'd reached fifty thousand words. Eleanor and Ferdinand are overjoyed at this; they leave the characters world to congratulate the authoress, but not before another run-in with the travelling-shovel-of-death-weilding gang that was chasing them earlier.

Ferdinand collects his 500 dollars from IE, since he won the bet, and as the muses and the authoress are getting ready for their own TGIO party, I.E. hangs out for awhile. And then, he pulls out a gun.

Yeah, remember a couple of blog posts ago, how I saw he was going to take a sinister turn?

So, as of right now, Katarina and Benjamin are wandering and hoping to hit civilization, Ferdinand, Eleanor, and The Authoress are tied to chairs and being held at gunpoint by IE, and the kingdom where the characters live is about to be attacked by enemy knights. Appearing within the next chapter or so - Plot Ninjas, the staff of the Offices of Letters and Light, and more from the Traveling Shovel of Death.

This novel is going to be....interesting when it's finished, if nothing else.


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