It is with my most heartfelt condolences that I tell you this news. On the 21st of September at 6:20 pm, both my laptop and my harddrive that have the most recent backups of my writing (about 3-4 months worth) were stolen from a trainstation.
The train station and the police station next door both said one hasn’t turned up and it’ll take weeks to get video surveillance. So it was the worst day of my life. I broke down in public, cried in public and missed my bus home after it.
So the only progress I still have from that time is the time and effort I took to fill my printed manuscript with sticky notes about what needs to be edited before the edits begin.
I’m so sorry everyone. I shouldn’t have been so stupid as to leave my laptop where someone can just pick it up. You won’t get updates from me for a couple of months, as I’m just going to be rewriting everything… You might get updates similar to posts in the past, and you might get updates on books I read, but nothing fancy. I’ll see you all soon.
So, I underestimated the length of time it would take to complete one of the tasks I have given myself once again. The revision for my novel lasted up until a week ago on the 20th of August. Part of the lapse in judgment may be the fact I landed myself a full-time job at the local convenience store and also lost that job.
Anyhow, during the last week, I have edited the first four chapters of my novel, and because it took that long for only two chapters, I believe the editing process will last a while. Four chapters a week and 28 chapters to edit means I will complete 12 a month, and that’s two and a quarter months I need to spend editing my first draft. So I will be finished with the edits in the middle of October if all goes well. I might be wrong, and it could take me an extra month to finish the edits off, so I apologise, you guys won’t be hearing from me much over the next two months. I will try and update you guys again once a month with my progress.
Once I have finished the edits, and the novel is sent to my beta readers, you can expect me to work on a few blog posts directed at writers. You guys might be getting bored with my updates, and I am sorry if you are. I will just have to say, with these four chapters edited, I am extremely happy with how beautiful the story is becoming.
Damn, if I had known last month how much effort needed to go into this, I would have started sooner.
I estimated around 15k for the worldbuilding document, which I thought was reasonable. By the time the fifteenth of July came around, I had turned it into a 29k word document with 60 pages. Absolutely crazy I tell you.
After that, I managed to fix the travel trajectories and timelines. So I was able to carefully and accurately detail how long it took to get from one place to another and give my novel a decent timeline. It takes a long time to travel around a continent once or twice without the luxury of a car.
I then worked on the timeline in order to get a better understanding of how much time has really passed in the world that Imeria rests in. From 5000 BBD all the way through to 1746 ABD which is when the first novel begins. I haven’t included the main events from the novel into the timeline just yet, but I will as I go through the editing of the novel which comes after this revision stage that I have reached.
And there is the revision stage I was just talking about, showing a good 12 months and 250k words worth of work in one workspace. I started it on the 20th of this month and as of today, I am halfway through it. All of those revisions will soon turn into edits on my computer towards the second half of this next month. Not only that, but I will be adding a lot more content, removing content and even changing some of the content that already exists. All of the worldbuilding I have been working on is going to pay off tenfold and I hope you will all see it show in my writing next year when Shadows of Imeria gets published.
This next month I am going to be even busier, maybe even too busy to read a new novel. Although that saddens me, I think the work I put into my novel will be worth it. I hope to see you all again soon!
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.
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.