It’s 1.30am Edinburgh time and judging by the date of this post, I just finished a 31,000 novella in 24 days! I’ve been saving over the file so I don’t have exact dates. But that’s damn impressive 🙂
I’ve changed the main character’s name because it was annoying to write it as I kept spelling it wrong. I’ve thought up a title that I think will stick, I know what I’m changing in my next edit and I’m getting together some images that may help me with picking a cover image.
I’m telling you the more I write the better and faster my first drafts come into being 🙂
I literally got a new story idea for a young adult dystopian story two days ago. It just popped into head seemingly out of nowhere and I think I have a good skeleton structure for it 🙂
The main character is sixteen-year-old Saoirse, she resides in a country that for the last three generations have been in a state of war with its southern neighbour. The story follows her life in a dystopian military state where if you want to gain citizenship you have to follow their rules. For women, it’s ten years civil/military service or four children. For men, it’s twenty years military service for able-bodied individuals or equivalent civil service for those deemed not capable of fighting.
Saoirse’s story is about her coming to understand the world she lives in at large and how she might survive it, if possible.
I’m finally done with this book 🙂 I’ve uploaded it to Amazon and Smashwords and I’m waiting for it to be put online. I had to fix the size of cover image because I had it too small and by chance, Amazon managed to find two spelling mistakes (oops, my bad). But I fixed them and now the finished product is out there for the world to see.
I’m just glad I’ve got this thing done and dusted. I’m so ready to use my mind and time for other things 🙂
After a day’s break, I’m back to work on another story that I’ve left dormant for maybe months. Beyond This Little Moon of Ours is a young adult, science fiction story about a lost human colonised planet that is currently in the throws of re-discovery. The main character Medina is in a personal crisis after having lost both her mother and older brother in separate incidents. What’s more is that the outside influence of the Azeel Empire, the offworlders that re-discovered them, are imposing their presence and culture as they are fighting against terrorists bent on the destruction of the empire. Medina is stuck in the midst of this. The suspicious circumstances of his disappearance haunt her, while her community is in transition. The Azeel have brought so many benefits to their world, but what do they want outside of a base of operations against an unseen terrorist threat?
The story revolves around the upheaval of gender and society norms and expectations in a technologically devolved community. The main character is a young woman who has to decide whether finding out her brother’s fate and by extension, the activities of the Azeel empire, is more important than her station in life.
Currently, I had 35,000+ words written for the story before I left it for other projects. Now I’m planning on editing what I have and at least create a story plan for the rest of the book by end of June 🙂
I’ve managed to complete another draft of this novella today. I am able to do the entire 42 A4 pages within a day 🙂 At just over 25,000 words I think this story will be ready within a few months time 🙂
I’m also in the process of deciding what genres to place it in. I’m not sure if it meets the requirements for a dystopia, but it might as the world is quite authoritarian and harsh, though the people in it are not.
It has war and post-war settings, but it is also leaning towards it being a political drama. As the individual involved is both affected by and can affect the outcome of the civil war and unrest around her.
It’s almost over. Since 2014 this story has been floating around in my head and been sitting in my USB. It’s been perpetually been worked on a little bit only to be pushed aside for another work that I prefer. But I’m finally in the latter stages of editing. I can’t wait for it to be out there.
Yesterday I completed the first draft of my prequel novella Jump Start. It is around 20,000 words and today I’ve made up a cover image for it.