I have finished the first 200 pages of my fantasy book! At this point, I think I may be about halfway there. Only time will tell when the finish line will be in sight. Wish me luck!
I have started the twenty-first chapter of the fantasy book and my first skirmish has begun. This chapter depicts a skirmish because it is not an open battle or a siege battle, but a chaotic ambush and subsequent massacre. It will be man against beast and steel against magic. It will also foreshadow the outcome of the siege battle. I know it’s late, but writing this chapter is such an adrenaline rush and it is hard to stop writing.
I am undergoing more training as a writer with my favorite author, Christopher Paolini. Our most recent lesson revolved around the following:
Me: “When it comes to medieval battle tactics, where did you get your inspiration from?”
Paolini: “The Face of Battle,” by John Keegan; “On Combat,” by Dave Grossman; “The Book of the Five Rings,” by Musashi; “The Art of War,” by Sun-Tzu; “Beowulf”; and of course, lots, and lots of fantasy novels.”
This training session gave me more potential sources to seek out for my fantasy book. I cannot tell you how blissful it is to be trained by your role model. It’s like being trained by Clark Gable or Alan Arkin. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
After several days of back-breaking work, I have finally finished fixing the flaws and plot holes in what I have written in my fantasy book so far. Now I can proceed to write the story out. It took a lot of time and effort to reach this point, but it was well worth it to make the fantasy book a higher quality story. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
I have a new writing mentor now: my favorite author, Christopher Paolini, author of the Eragon books. I asked him for some pointers on how to improve my future writing and this was our conversation:
Me: “May I ask you for some author advice? I am in the middle of writing my own fantasy book, but there is a bump in the road. There are some characters that I plan to introduce as companions for the main characters, but I cannot decide how best to introduce them. What would you recommend regarding this?”
Paolini: “It depends. Are they a group who travels together? Or do they each join the hero separately? Whatever you do, make the initial meetings interesting and entertaining, and try not to drown the reader in tons of exposition. We don’t need to know everything about these new characters’ backstories. Not right away. It’s good to keep a few secrets. And good luck with the writing!”
I hope this will be the first of many lessons I will receive from Mr. Paolini. It is not every day you receive training and advice from your favorite author! Paolini has become the Master and I have become the Apprentice. A dream come true!
Over the past week, I have written over thirty pages and four chapters in my fantasy book. I am on a serious role right now with this project. I have written about one sovereign rising and another undergoing trials. I have written the introductions of interesting characters as well as tensions increasing. On the upcoming seventeenth chapter, I will be introducing a powerful creature that I have been eager to write about. Whether this creature will be friend or foe will remain to be seen. Overall, the past week has been more addictive than any adrenaline rush and I am eager to get more of it. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
I have started the fourteenth chapter of the fourth volume of the Young Guardians Series and things are heating up. In this chapter, the Young Guardians will come face to face with their own mortality as they meet the incarnation of death itself. It is going to be a dark chapter full of brutal action as the Young Guardians fight to survive. I am getting chills just thinking about the events that are about to unfold. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
Allow me to share some of my wisdom in terms of writing stories. If you are working on multiple stories that you have to finish in a timely fashion, dedicate a certain number of pages on each project each day. If you do that, then you will be able to finish those multiple projects in a timely fashion so that you can move on to other projects. Right now, I am working on two important stories at the same time and I am dedicating one or two pages on each project each day. At that rate, I hope to finish them both by the end of the year (That is if I don’t get writer’s block). I hope this helps those of you who aspire to be writers yourselves and wish me luck.
I am about to begin a new project that will involve me exploring a new genre. It will involve me writing something I have never done before in my writing career: write creative nonfiction. Being a fiction writer all my life, this is going to be unexplored territory for me. However, due to my experiments with poetry and flash fiction, I am welcome to the challenge and look forward to the results. I think this particular piece will be modeled on an interview with Henry VII on his deathbed and revolve around a scribe recording the king’s last thoughts about his life. Since I have already done a considerable amount of research ahead of time this would be the perfect subject for this nonfiction piece. I will keep you updated on this new development.
I have reached the 13th chapter of my sequel series and this is where the action really begins. The reason for this is because it will feature the first of three major conflicts that will take place throughout the first volume. Each of these conflicts will be more brutal than the last and will test the main characters’ limits as superheroes. This first conflict will feature a supervillain who is a “proper lunatic” and I will name him after the most prolific predator on the planet. The second conflict will feature a mercenary who lives for the kill. Finally, the third conflict will feature one of the supervillains who represent the seven deadly sins, but I won’t say which sin they will be up against. Each of these conflicts will take place in vital locations in the futuristic society and the way they will be executed will be similar to terrorist attacks. I look forward to how the story will unfold when the main characters come face to face with their own rogue gallery of supervillains.