1 Year!

Over the past year, you’ve seen me post screen shots of my progress with working on a manuscript every day.

Well as of last night, I reached 365 days!

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This year has been one of ups and downs and I’m glad that I was able to make it with writing every day. Sometimes it isn’t a lot but I know that I’ve done something.

I hope you’re all doing well on your own goals.

Remember that no small effort is ever wasted and that you’re great!

Have a happy Monday!

The Big Picture

Sometimes in writing it’s important to take a step back to look at the big picture. This is especially relevant when you’re writing a series.

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I decided to take a step back yesterday and look at the plot as a whole for my trilogy. I wrote down information for each of the three books. By doing this, I allowed myself to see how each story contributes to the trilogy’s overall goal. It helped to get my mind more focused on making sure the things I’m writing ultimately lead towards that.

I hope you all have a great weekend! Happy writing!

Writers Helping Writers

I know I’ve said on multiple occasions how helpful it is to have writing buddies but I’m going to again because of something helpful advice that I got the other day.

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Gotta love helpful advice 🙂

So my main guy in Sapphyre had an abrupt shift in character between his first and second chapters.

In addition, his arc was not working because I didn’t fully know what all should happen as a part of it. They gave me some awesome suggestions with a little bit of “Come on Whitney, you’re leaving out some important stuff.”

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I’ve spent the past couple days working on figuring out plot points and backstory for this important arc and it’s been fun.

Oftentimes, a good writing buddy can steer you in the right direction when you’re struggling. I’m so grateful for friends that help to keep me on the right track.

If you don’t have someone to help you in your writing, look for writing groups. You can find people through NaNoWriMo, schools, and online. Find someone to help. You’ll be glad you did 🙂

Prologues – Yea or Nay?

Hey Everyone!

Sorry this post is late. I’ve been sick and have slept a lot today.

So I wanted to talk about prologues a little because I’ve wondered if prologues were necessary for both Topaas and Sapphyre.

The answer has been different for each of them.

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Sapphyre’s prologue was easily turned into chapter 1 because the events of that one are a part of the main narrative, even though it happens a few years before the rest of the events occur.

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Topaas, however, was a different story. There is an event that is crucial to the trilogy as a whole that happens more than 200 years prior to the story’s beginning. Telling it in flashbacks later or having characters allude to it wouldn’t work.

This is one of the few exceptions to the rules of avoiding prologues.

If you have a prologue in your novel, make sure it’s necessary.