Just so you know my mind isn’t always so… dark, here’s a little piece of my fantasy novel in the works:
Gwyneira was absorbed in the book and did not hear the door open. A shadow crossed her vision and she nearly dropped the book as she spun around with her dagger gripped in the hand.
Niall jumped back. “Whoa, it’s just me.”
“You should know better than to sneak up on me!” Gwyneira was glad it was only Niall, but her heart pounded in her ears none the less.
“You should know better than to sit with your back to the door,” he said chided her. “I could have been our good man Mabon.” He reached out and lowered her hand by the wrist, not touching the dagger, but he got a good look at the weapon. The blade was extremely thin, black as obsidian, and the hilt was grey steel embedded with diamonds and a smokey grey gem at the top.
When she noticed the Commander studying the dagger, she pulled away from his touch and quickly stashed the weapon out of sight in the chest.
“So that’s what you’ve been hiding from me? A dagger?” he snorted, thinking it almost hilarious that his queen would hide such a small weapon from her Master at Arms. He knew she had a weapon,
and had used it back at Eldred’s house, but didn’t realize it was the big secret.
His attitude made Gwyneira unusually angry, “What I do with my possessions is none of your concern, Master Wulfstan!”
At the sound of his formal title, he straightened up,
and proceeded to follow protocol. If she was going to be a bitch, he could play that game. “Will that be all, Your Majesty?” Without waiting for a response, he pivoted on his heels and left the room. On his way out, he slammed the door, instantly regretted it.
Gwyneira stood there dumbfounded, tears rolling down her face.
I got nothing.
No, that isn’t the opening from my novel. Although… it could be! I haven’t written much today, so who knows. The scene I wrote a few months back was going to be the opening. An event occurs that catapults us into the story. However, I could put it later in the timeline.
This work isn’t a fantasy novel, it’s a thriller/scifi work. Definitely not for YA.
310 words later I might be on to something. What do you think?
I’ve got nothing.
Except a pounding headache. Each time the pain is worse and lasts longer. I don’t know how long I was out this time.
So much blood. There was more every time. I stopped looking for the poor animal after I found the rabbit. I sobbed uncontrollably as I tried to dig a hole in the cold hard dirt that February morning.
Never again, I told myself. Animals die everyday, I reasoned. It would be better to let Nature take care of them, and I never looked back. But that was 10 years ago. Back then there was only a little red staining my hands and pants. Usually, I could wash off in the stream, or behind the gas station up the road from my gram’s house.
I began my fantasy WIP, currently titled “The Sword of Chaos,” last August by coming up with some characters and a really rough draft of the plot. I’m not much of a planner, but I put enough together to make a run at NaNoWriMo 2017 and somehow typed 50k words on my computer. It wasn’t until this Summer that I finally “finished” the first draft. I was so happy to “finish” it that I left a lot of plot holes and know it really wasn’t done (but it was 80k!)
Right now, my sister has her hands on the manuscript and I haven’t heard from her since chapter 15. There are only 20 chapters so I’m thinking she got lost and I’m going to have to send a scouting party out for her. I hope the Void didn’t swallow her up!
In all honesty, I am not expecting anything terrible from her, I already know many of the issues I need to correct, but it will be good to see how someone who isn’t familiar with the story handles the number of characters I am using. Since my novel is intended to be part of a larger world and story line, there will be places where I can expand, and plot points that won’t resolve at the end of the first book. That is not to say the main goal of the MCs won’t be tied up at the end, just that side stories, character histories, and new problems will emerge leaving the door wide open for more books.
Thanks for joining me on my writing journey. I began wwdoveStudio to express all my interests and to support other artists. As I put more effort into writing, and my novel began to be more than just a dream, I realized I needed a space just for my writing.
The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. — Neil Gaiman (http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2004/11/gunpowder-treason-and-plot.asp)
Somewhere to share snippets of my book, updates on publication dates. As well as giveaways and other fun events tied in with being an author.
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