So about my writing

Since Niklas asked I suppose I can just go ahead and give a public update. Basically I have come to the realization that what I am currently writing is not so much a novel or even a story but a very wordy outline/brainstorming session. I haven’t exactly pinned down the main plot so I’m kind of winging it.

The issue comes down to moving the setting back to Earth. This was the correct thing to do, it really was, but as a result the previous plot I had etched out doesn’t fly anymore. I have very vague ideas of what is going on and what will happen but so far I’m just rambling. πŸ˜€

There is a character named Laura Salkin although that might change. She’ll probably kill someone named Payal for revenge.

A character I thought I was going to kill off might actually survive until the end. We’ll see.

I am having issues tackling the issue of magic use, specifically how to describe it. During the course of writing any scene involving it I became painfully aware of my Wheel of Time obsession and lack of any other fantasy reading aside from Song of Ice and Fire in recent years. I grapple with how to write about someone using air to pin someone down without sounding like bad Aes Sedai fanfiction.

There are a lot of points where logic just plains fails, but thankfully I recognize that and can fix in revision.

Having said all that, when I do finish this strange outline Nik and Kate will suffer and read it, I’ll edit, then Laura and Jan will get the actual official first draft. One could argue I might love one set of friends more than other based on this division. I’ll let you come to your own conclusions regarding that.


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  1. I’m thinking of moving to earth too! πŸ™‚ That’s very clever.

    And since I know I am your favorite, that means you hate Laura and Buggling. :/

    Also, air isn’t needed to pin someone down. You could just make the boy lie down on her. That’s how magic usually happens anyway.

  2. On the bright side… at least your plot is progressing, so yay.

    On the not-so-bright side, you just reminded me that I have SO many writing projects hanging…

  3. Have you thought about how you can make the connection different via the magic use? There’s a difference between magic use and shamanistic approaches to elementals.

    RJ’s system was scientific,
    with his background in physics, which differs greatly from the magic systems that other writers use. They are all kind of similar though, so I wouldn’t worry too much.

    I am your fav! Admit~

    1. Yeah, RJ and most modern fantasy has the “plug in” style of magic, whereas my world it is all external: they don’t “draw” anything into themselves or open their third eye or what-have-you.

      Now that I think of it, what they do is more simple (I mean there aren’t any weaves or spells or things) so I’m probably just making it overly complicated because that’s what everyone else does.

      1. It seems pretty different. And, there’s a lot RJ could have done with air but did not. I look forward to seeing how you do it!

  4. I know you love me most. Fact.

    Yay though for writing! Very curious and excited regarding this first draft.

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