Save One is out 🙂 It is 32,230 words long and it sits in the Young Adult and Dystopian genres. It can also be a little bit of a Coming of Age story as well.
It follows one individual Sauska Morin as she is accepted into the cryptanalyst school to become a code breaker. Her country has been at war with the South for the last few decades and she is needed to help break the codes. There she makes a close friend who is not having as good a time as her. During this time her younger brother is sent to army boot camp with the intention of becoming an infantryman. This does not bode well with Sauska because her two older brothers have died while in the army and as she experiences her life she begins to see that maybe her country isn’t as great as she thinks it is.
I began Save One around July of ’17. While it took two years to complete, I was not actively working on it all the time. In fact, I would do a few drafts in close succession and then nothing for months on end. The reason this story took a while to come out was because of; burnout, other stories taking my time and, the fact that it was not my most prized story at the time. I was constantly suffering ‘Shiney New Idea Syndrome’ during this time and it took a bit of a backburner until I finally decided to finish it.
Another reason why it took so long was that I was a bit hesitant in putting out the story was because I made the main character black and I am white. I made her a different race simply because I’ve always written white characters and it was a bit boring. And the idea of having more diverse characters was starting to become a thing that needs to happen. I’m worried that it’ll come off wrong, but I’m not writing a contemporary story from the black experience. That’s why my first book cover was the black and white one. I changed it to the one above because I didn’t want to seem like I was using race to my advantage. Also, I like colour more than black and white and there is a forest scene near the end of the book.
I did an edit sprinkle of my draft if that’s what you can call it. I put my book through the free version of Grammarly. I picked up quite a few things that caused me embarrassment. I spelt the word border wrong so many times and often missed out single words that needed to be added for improvement.
I’m going to have to do a few more drafts, but I’ve pretty much completed all of the structure, so it’ll just be line edits from now on.
I’ve just managed to finish the eight draft of this novella 🙂 It’s been a long time coming. I wasn’t going to be doing any editing at the moment, but after having a talk to one of my friend’s convinced me to push myself. I did 39 pages in one day and the other 15 the next day 🙂
Overall I didn’t need to do that much to it I think it might be ready with three more drafts. I don’t know exactly when I’ll put this one out, but I want it done and dusted by July. It is currently 32,500 words or 54 A4 pages.
It’s been over six months since I last touched this story. I’m so glad that I’m getting back to it because I want to get this done by my birthday in two months time.
The edits I’m doing are mostly line and word edits. No larger things like scene or chapter arrangements. I’m still iffy about the title, but I’m not sure what else to call it.
Currently, it’s 33,000 words and when I first wrote it I felt that I have improved a lot since my previous works. But now I’m seeing some things that I don’t like. Like how I’ve written some scenes. Or that I’ve referenced events sometime after they’ve supposedly occurred in the book. I think it’s going to take the readers by surprise and question why I’ve written it like that. I think I might have to go back and fix those in later drafts.
I’ve written the first three chapters of a new story. I had writing a skeleton draft of this story last November. I pretty much started with the end in mind and during a plane trip got back into it and added some more events to it.
It’s going to be a young adult fantasy set in a late-medievalist style period, but at the same time, there is also a palace setting that is more advanced in culture and technology but not by much. Think 1600/1700’s.
It mainly follows one girl, Katella, whose brought to the palace in disguise by her half-sister and her father so she can help them stay in power because they have been conning the priests and the royal family. But it is also a time a stress and political intrigue and if they are found out to be lying about what they can do it can be disastrous.
The first two chapters were quite tedious to write. I’m thinking that it may be because I’m still a little burnt out. But I’m planning on writing the scenes I like first, so it’s going to be all over the place, but maybe that will help me as I’m going into this story half blind with what’s going to happen.
I don’t think I’ve ever attempted a YA fantasy before. I’ve don’t a bit of YA and a bit a fantasy. But it wasn’t until last month that I had the idea that combined the two of them. I ran with it and after like twenty chapters am I googling the questions ‘What are the elements of YA fantasy.’
Well, I came across an article that that gives some really good points and I think my story fits in pretty well 🙂 Maybe I need to work on the world building just a tad more because I’m not sure what technology I’m going to include. I’m not sure if I should add computers or the internet yet. This world has TV and newspapers as well as wall phones. Where do I draw the line with what to include and not? As the creator, I can do whatever I like, but readers are going to pick it apart so that I need to have a good reason as to why things are there and not.
Also for a young adult fantasy, I have a lot of adult characters. One half of the storyline are adult characters while the other half is not. The story cannot be what it is without both sides so I’m going to continue with them.
So far I’ve written quite a bit for this story 🙂 But there have been times when I get stuck because I’m mostly pantsing it with a very rough outline of where things should head. When this happens I go back and edit what I’ve done. I find it’s very helpful setting the story in stone. And it makes me see things that need to be changed for the future plot as well. I have also found a title for it 🙂
It’s going to be called Heir Presumptive.
Look it up to meaning to get the vibe of what the story is going to focus on 🙂 I haven’t even finished this story and I’m thinking of a sequel. But I’m getting ahead of myself.