To start with, I have to tell you all I made an amazing revelation. Suddenly, while working on the worldbuilding for Shadows of Imeria, I realized I can turn the first book into two books as I will have enough content for it. Things will have to be changed a little, but it will definitely turn out to be better in the end. It will increase the length of the story and will definitely not ruin the plot or pacing. It’ll give me room to truly show you how beautiful the world is that the continent of Imeria resides in.
Now, onto progress, every single character profile has been completely finished and printed off for reference points when I get to the editing stage. There were twenty character profiles completed and they stand between 3k and 5k words each, it was tedious and a little annoying at times but I am glad that I managed to get them done, because now the characters feel even more amazing and I managed to get so much more to write about them in the books. I also realized during that time that there was a character I needed to cut out and one character who isn’t who he seems (sorry, can’t spoil too much for you all).
Worldbuilding has almost been completely finished, with villages, cities, and settlements truly becoming what they were meant to be. I turned the measly 5k and 12-page Word document into a 12k and 36-page document so far and I’m still going.
I’ve finished detailing the entire history of the world and how it came to be. I’ve figured out how education works, how the economy figures into everything, and a few more things.
I still need to finish detailing wars that have been waged by writing them out, who waged it, who won, how many casualties, etc. I need to complete city details such as the histories of cities and their reason for existing. Write up the start of organizations, who leads them and what their purposes are. Flesh out the culture of each race and how they came to be the way they are. I am working on the magic system and that is developing nicely too. My world is becoming more and more beautiful with each passing day.
When it comes to worldbuilding, there’s a lot of work that needs to go into it. I needed to, and for some things still need to:
- flesh out each culture
- make a somewhat stable economy
- fix any problems I have with the factions/groups in the story
- create cuisine and know what kind of foods are available
- create and organize governments, to figure out how each city is governed
- mend any holes that are in the history of the world
- add more structure to the magic system
- figure out the military powers in the world and what kind of structure and rules they follow.
- create medicines and remedies used by the inhabitants of the world
- flesh out the details of the people in the world
- add more to the settings that the story takes place in
- diversify and manage the races of the world to become even more unique and amazing
- add incredible amounts of details to regions and the cities that dwell there
- create and add more when it comes to religion, faith, and belief
- create and discover what kind of technologies are used around the world
- write the details of each war that has occurred in the past
With almost everything done, I just need to give it a light polish, I will be printing off the worldbuilding document and then I will be starting the revision of my novel. The revision should start in or just after the first week of next month. I am still super excited about being able to turn this novel into two separate books and I hope you all are as well!
And, there’s no update. I’ve been hit by the worst, the biggest, the ugliest spurt of procrastination and lack of motivation in my life.
I’m now working six days a week, eight hours a day and it’s killing my motivation and imagination. By the time I get home, after eight hours of work and almost two hours of travel (an hour to work and an hour back) I make my dinner, eat my dinner, do some kind of fun activity, relax for a moment or two and then I go to bed.
The only day off I get is a Sunday and I usually try to clean my house, fix social media, socialize, get some photography in and then I get to write a little before going to bed. It’s a continuous cycle of draining, busy weeks.
All I can say, guys, is that I’m trying. I’m still trying to work out a decent schedule so I can get more writing in. So this update was more to do with me complaining about how much less time I have for writing these days rather than how much writing I’ve got done.
I’m really sorry guys. I’ll try better next month, try even harder.
I am close. So close to being able to edit the first draft.
I finished the editing document and have the most important character profiles finished. Now I have to flesh out more of the world’s history and I can finally get started on the second draft. Moving, lack of a comfortable workspace, appointments and many other things have thrown my schedule off track a little but soon I’ll work harder than ever to catch up.
I have cut a character out of the story completely, now he was never even born. I do feel guilt and sadness as I really liked the character, but when it comes to writing, a lot of sacrifices have to be made. In the scenes where that character once was, the best friend/sidekick will be there instead. It’ll allow further growth and development between the two, save me from having to kill the character I cut out and it will make the story flow better.
I remember, last month I said I would not be able to get much done during the next month (this current month). But that wasn’t the case. I have edited, written and made progress with ten different character profiles. After which, each one has turned into their own person and slowly started to change and grow.
With that, I am almost half-way through finishing the character profiles for Shadows of Imeria. There are another 15 to go after that. Some of the things I learned about my characters even shocked me. For instance, a character I saw as a grumpy man turns out to actually be someone who is soft-hearted and adopted two children that he cherishes. But due to his past, he doesn’t let his emotions show.
I have also created and am still working on a document to help with the editing stage with my projects. It has currently reached 44 pages and is almost 30,000 words. It is quite an extensive document that touches on Setting, Hooks, Emotion, Senses, Character Development, Plot, Subtext, Tension, Scene Intentions, Scene Types, Points of View, and Secondary and Minor Characters. When I start editing, it will be an invaluable document.
With all of the packing, catching up with friends, getting sick, reading and the learning I have been doing, Shadows of Imeria has stood still without any real progress being made.
Occasionally, I have been able to remove a character, add and remove scenes and make small changes to the draft, but nothing major. I have decided that in February-March, I will really start to tackle the editing of the first draft and hopefully bring it to draft number two. Until then, I will be working on learning more, adding more detail to the characters within Imeria, reading other books to help with making the world more wondrous and fantastical, and possibly working on smaller writing projects.
As I said, I will keep you all updated on the progress made for the first novel in the Shadows of Imeria series. Over this last month, I have been reading books written about scenes, dialogue, world-building and story engineering. I have also been working on my new short horror story as you all know.
Because of these activities, I have been unable to make progress on Shadows of Imeria this month. I plan to be getting back into the editing after the submission deadline for the anthology I am submitting to. By then, my technique and knowledge on the craft of writing fiction will only have gotten better. The deadline for the anthology is in 75 days, bear with me until then.
I finished the edits on my short story, but after a few beta readers, I decided that I will be turning it into a novella. The main problem afterward was that I needed a new short horror story to submit to the anthology.
I rummaged through my brain, my memories until I came across one. I was a teenager and entered a creepy abandoned house with a few friends.
Now, I didn’t have the clearest memory of the house, so last night I went back there and stayed for an hour and a half. I took notes and a great many photos. I’m writing about those memories with a large fictional twist.
After all of this, I’ve chosen to write a different short horror story for the anthology. It will be a story about a haunted dentist’s house. As a writer, these things happen. This story even manages to scare me a little… I hope you’ll all enjoy it when the time comes for me to publish it.