I had written a short story some months back, called, “THE BELOVED QUEEN”. For a little while now, I was thinking that, maybe I should follow the characters around a little bit more. And so, I began doing just that.
Well, anytime you plan on following your characters, strange things can happen. They can take you anywhere they want, believe me.
So, want to follow them as well?
Yes, no, yes, no, yes!
Well, if you’re up for the ride, why not.
What I will do, is release, under the flash fiction category parts of the story as it goes along.
You will see the name Annmarie Deen. This is a pen name I just like having next to mine for this story (saw it in a telephone directory; I guess it gives me motivation to write).
One more thing, the story is no longer called “The Beloved Queen” but now called “DESERTING THIS DAY OF HURT”. My wife asked me, to rethink the title. So after much thought, I gave in. As I started expanding on the story, it was evident the name had to change—she’s good.
When plotting my novels I often use a number of different approaches. This present novel I am working on with the two main characters, Deo and Toney, I have use a type of mind mapping to come up with the scenes. And this worked fine.
Learning from other individuals who are more experience than I am at the writing process continues to help me progress my work. I had discovered recently from a writer that a similar mind mapping is used, but this one is used in an Excel sheet. I liked the idea they used and decided that I will formulate the type of structure, if you will, which fuses together my technique and theirs. The objective is to make sure that there is a flow in my novel, as well as to identify any holes which may exist in the work.
Having said this, I do have a few more scenes to work on in this present novel and therefore will attempt to plug in the information into this new structure, and see how it works. I feel that this will be an opportunity for me to test how this new approach works, as I have already completed more than 90% of this present novel.
How it works is like this:
1. On an Excel sheet you put each chapter (for me, I will put each chapter on a new Excel sheet).
2. The next step is to put the various headings or the scenes category. I guess it is really up to the individual writer as to how many scenes they will want to put in each chapter. For me, anything between one or two or even three scenes may be just enough. I really will not want to have too much confusion in the chapter. But again this is just my preference.
3. For each scene I will now have a category entitled the time frames/timelines. In that way it will allow me to keep track of the movement of time. For me this can become very confusing if the storyline is moving forward but I have no idea as to the time frame (the years, months or days).
4. The final category will be entitled the main activities. The various activities that are happening in connection with the time frames/timelines can now be easily tied into the specific scene in the story.
So this will be my new method or experimentation a few like to call it that, on my approach to writing my novels, novellas etc.
If you want to use this method feel free to do so. And in the future, I will try to update you on how this process is working out for me.
I came across this platform Smashwords. I have heard a little about it and decided I’ ll give it a try. Yesterday I signed on and now I am going to fill in a picture and some other information about myself in the bio.
Anyone using this platform?
I don’t know, what do you think of it?
I have started working on my September novella. So far, I have just about 2, 000 words, and I am really sleepy now.
This one will be about a young professor coming back to his island in the Caribbean and becoming a bit emotional by the challenges around him. He will start falling in love with a girl, but for a time their relationship will seem a bit strange, as the two of them are introverts. So far the first few paragraphs started where it is night and stormy weather.
Oh yes and the young professor has a cat called Bella.
I am starting work on a novella today (I am thinking about 17 000 words or so). I have already done the plotting, but as we know, developments will happen alone the way that I never saw coming. I have no idea why my characters do such things at the very last minute.
Estimated time frame for completion, is about three weeks. I will let you know how I am doing along the way.
This novella will be about a young psychology professor, using writing as a means to solace. I write from a Caribbean background, and so, this will influence the general atmosphere of the book.
Earlier this month of August, I started working on a memoir of the early parts of my life. For some reason, I was under the impression that these are parts of my life, and this ought to be easy. Was I wrong!
I started to see themes that I had not thought of before; how the world around me influenced my life, even before turning twelve. There are some areas I am not ready to explore further as yet and other parts that I will have to ask my older sister to help with some details.
I have about 7 000 words. I will attempt to take it up in about three weeks time or so. But for now, I want to start working on a novella I had been planning for a few weeks.
I am in the process of submitting book number 2 of the novelette—Jacobs Twins. This book should be on amazon.com, ebook format, by the end of this week.
So it will be great to look out for it.
The excitement continues:
- Who really is J.T.?
- Will Shernice draw closer to Jacob and Mickey?
- Is Shernice keeping secret her two children from Jacob?
Jacob’s Twins: The Father of Sons.: A Novelette Trilogy, Book 1
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