Some of you may know that I am writing a book. Currently, I am editing the entire novel by cutting it in half and rewriting from almost scratch. It’s a fun process, and I like to think I’ve improved immensely over the past four years.
I’ve actually done a lot of thinking these past six months, and reading Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind solidified a thought for me: I’m going to be using a framing narrative. I’ve already had five books planned with the first draft of the first one finished. Now I’m taking that idea and building off of it. I still have the five book series, but instead of alternating flashbacks to add depth and characterization, I’m bunching the stories all together in a prequel trilogy. Using a framing narrative.
Yeah. It’s going to be a ride.
But that’s not the main reason for this announcement. No, I’m not going to bore you with more vague plotting tales. I’m going to tell you about a serialization I started. Or as I like to call it, insanity.
This serialization is going to be roughly 70 chapters. Each chapters is no less than four pages long; some are almost ten pages.
Did I mention I’m insane? Oh wait, I also have a sequel planned for this serialization, and possibly three more after that.
To top it off, it’s fanfiction.
Now, before any of you start running off to the hills, let it be known that I am doing this for fun. (Yeah, right.) No, really, I am. I enjoy writing this serialization.
Because 1) I know the plot from the beginning, 2) it’s fun and simple to write, and 3) while I may know what’s going to happen story wise, I have absolutely no clue how I’m going to get there. I’m basically pantsing the entire novel.
For a guy who claims to have OCD and has to jot down detailed notes for each chapter, this new technique is wonderful. (Partial sarcasm, if you didn’t catch that.)
And here’s where I explain more, or warn you:
It’s based on a game. Thus the word, fanfiction. Specifically, it’s based on the original games of Pokemon. If you don’t know this game, then get off my blog. You’re no friend of mine.
I grew up around this franchise, and only got back into it a few months ago. Well, because the games are so easy, I decided to partake in a Nuzlocke challenge. For those of you that don’t know, it basically ramps up the difficulty of the game, makes it darker and harder. One thing led to another, and now I’m writing a “storylocke,” as they call it. I’m already ten chapters in, and loving every second of it.
It’s very light, fun, and jumps from place to place. Yet at the same time, it’s serious, set in a dark dystopia, full of criminals and intrigue. I mean, it’s a world where children fight using mutated animals to earn money and fame. What’s not to like?
So, if any of that interests you, or if you simply want to read a tale about one reluctant hero getting crushed, and vowing to bring peace to a land, then I highly recommend you jump on over to my thread. (Link underneath the awesome banner made by SilverStrangeQuark.) I’ll hopefully update once a week, bi-weekly if I get too busy.
If you want to comment, encourage me through email or what have you, then by all means, go ahead. I’m hoping to get this finished by the end of the year. Maybe then will I have attracted a decent fanbase. . .