Back at it Again

So today I started writing again. Well I’m actually reading and writing. I have decided to read a few of my favorite books for inspiration. I like to open up my favorites read a few chapters and write down what I liked about them. Today I read game of thrones the first chapter.

Here’s what I wrote down

skin prickle, crispness, hinted, cruel, slayer, thieves, consorted, scrawny, mingled, steaming, solemnly, donned, command, dragged, ragged, peeled, sprayed, eagerly, loomed, reappeared.

Robb says the man died bravely but Jon says he was afraid. Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?

That’s the only time a man can be brave.

I really like that last exchange between Bran and Ned. It sets the tone of the whole book as does the first sentence of ch 1 when Martin describes how winter is creeping into the summer. If I could write half as good as Mr. Martin I would be very happy. There our writers every year who get best selling novels and movie deals *cough* Veronica Roth… Who don’t write nearly as well as him. Even if you don’t enjoy his books because fantasy is not your thing you can still learn from his books. His characters come alive and grow. They are real, as our their struggles. In a world set in fantasy, magic, dreams, his characters hold real worth. That in my view is hard to achieve. I find at times when writing I get so wrapped up in making a scene, getting the setting perfect, expanding and moving the plot along, keeping conflict interesting, that I forget to paint a realistic character picture. I look to much at the grand scheme and I forget about the players. I cannot think of one main character in a song of ice an fire who has not grown. Even Cersei who I despise has grown.

Though I will play the devils advocate for a moment and say even Mr. Martin could improve on a few things as we all can. I think he’s afraid to bring his characters together and find an ending. Also he needs to finish the book…..I live near New Mexico….I want my ending or I will haunt him like the others. 🙂

What our a few book you draw inspiration from? Our they in the same genre as your writing? In my case most our not. I’m writing a new-adult fiction book.

Day of Writing

I have taken the plunge and am on day 4 of writing and sadly I only have over 2,000 words done. I have 2k words in a prologue done so far and around 400 in chapter 1 completed. I keep going back and re-writing parts of my prologue. I know where I am going with the prologue, but I think I just weigh myself down with trying to get too perfect to quick. I am almost completed and hope to finish the prologue tonight.

Unfortunately, I got sick though and that is hell. If you would of asked me a few days ago I would of said being stuck inside is great for writing but when your sick the last thing you want to do is create in your mind and stare at a computer screen. I also feel my creative side needs the outdoors and while I’m sick I try to stay inside.

I have decided to post my first excerpt from the prologue today. Tell me what you think of it and I know it could change as first drafts always change even the words you once loved at first can change after you give yourself some space from your work.

The pair crept through the thick forest floor keeping their right side parallel to the wall. Quietly they maneuvered over brush and fallen leaves, careful to keep their footsteps slow and muffled. As they walked the sound of moving water lapping onto a bank grew stronger. Dalia heard the water splashing and she started to sprint. Her long legs propelled her forward over brush and fallen branches, moving gracefully the tattoo on her legs expanded and contracted as her leg muscles flexed. Yon, slower and heavier in comparison, tried to keep up but Dalia was swifter, and soon he ran towards the river alone. His legs were stumpy, and the black tattoo that ran from the top of his hipbones down through his kneecaps and to his toes was long though his dark leg hair made it less noticeable.

On another note how do you write stories? Do you free write without editing or do you edit and then write some then go back and read what you have written? What is your strategy?

 

Little Bit of Background

Alright bloggers here’s a little bit of background information about myself to start this blog off with.

My name is Danielle King and I’m a 23 year old Senior Journalism major at Texas Tech University and expect to graduate this coming August. Yay!! I have dabbled in writing fiction since I was a child and have been annoying my parents with my writing forever. As my step-dad says I would write a few pages run into the office and ask him to read it. Then I would revise one sentence and ask him to read it all over again.

More recently I have been writing non-fiction with news articles.

Note: This is my first word press blog and is under construction at the moment so I know it does not look very pretty at the moment. Don’t worry I’m working on it.

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My First Steps

Two days ago I set off on a journey. An adventure in which my only goal is to finish my first full-length novel. Well actually that’s a bit of a lie. Finishing is not my only goal and that is where this blog comes into play. I would like to not only finish the book but also get it published (and I’m not talking about self-publishing which is fine and dandy but not where I want my book to be ultimately).

Through this blog I hope to keep my friends, readers, and curious internet surfers updated on my books progress. Also to release small excerpts from the book. I would like to converse with other writers and to gather informative information I find online about writing novels.

So readers sit back and enjoy the ride, we will be here a while I expect.