Blast from the past

As my burnout is starting to dissipate I’m beginning to think more about my stories. This one from years ago, a post-apocalyptic survival story, has begun to gain more traction in my mind.

Looking back at the dates on the files I see that one is from ’14, the next is ’15 and the last was from ’16. I pretty much know the ins and outs of the narrative and just need to write a complete first draft. I have a partially completed one, but I think it is only a quarter or a third done.

A few weeks ago I went back and edited the first couple of pages. Below you can see that I’ve ripped apart everything. I pretty much just changed the POV from first to third and elaborated on a few things. I‘m actually pretty impressed with my skill level from a few years ago. It makes me feel better about myself. It’s also the only story I have so far that is sectioned into parts or super long 10,000 words chapters. 

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I also have to do other things like format it to the Smashwords style because this was pre-template age for me. (I made a Smashwords style word doc to make things a lot easier for me). I also came to a little snag in terms of the plot near the beginning, but it’s nothing I can’t fix. I’m not too sure how long this will be or even if I’ve got the right title for it yet. But I’m hoping that maybe I might get this draft done by the end of the year 🙂

A new YA Dystopian is born

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.