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100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 13: Misfortune

Today’s topic for the most exciting 100 theme challenge is #13, misfortune, and I suppose that makes sense, with it being #13 and all. Hmm, well, what do I have to say about misfortune? It’s certainly unfortunate, that much is for sure. Um, and it’s…bad…? Well, I’m certainly not going to get into some negative post about misfortune in my life because who wants to hear about that? And I also don’t mean, oh, woe is me, no one cares about my problems anyway. Now I’m starting to ramble….

You know what came to mind as I began thinking about this topic? Why is the number 13 supposed to be unfortunate? I hear they often don’t even have a 13th floor in some buildings as a result of this superstition, but who are they fooling? We all know the 14th floor really is the 13th. This is no secret. It certainly made no difference in Stephen King’s story about the evil room 1408. Even the room wasn’t fooled, and it’s an inanimate object. Or, to be more accurate, cube-ish shaped spaces of air contained by walls. And if walls could talk, they’d say, “Um, is it just me, or did the people who built this hotel not know how to count?” Don’t worry, sentient walls, we all noticed. Continue reading 100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 13: Misfortune

Novel Draft 2 Has Begun

So I’ve recently started draft 2 of my novel.  I’m marking parts that should be fixed with black, good parts with blue, (so I’ll leave them be), and red for parts that are really bad.  Then, I’m making small fixes right in the notebook and bigger fixes on a separate page.  There are 385 notebook pages, and so far I’ve done about 21.  Still a lot left, but we have some big problems to fix in parts.  It is satisfying once I clear up a big issue and make the story run smoothly again.

            As I go, I would also like to expand on the characters, give better detail, and so on.  In “On Writing”, Stephen King says to make the second draft shorter, but the way I write, I think it’ll be better to make it longer.  When I first wrote my novel, I figured it out as I went along and sometimes just had to write whatever and struggle through some hard parts.  This time, I can see the whole story at once so I know what sections need erasing and where it needs fleshing out (which is a creepy phrase, but it works here).

            After that, the story should be pretty much “complete”, and by that, I mean the extra details will be added, plot holes fixed, and so on.  So I can really fix it up in draft 3 and then get ready for typing the final draft.  Huzzah!  I hope to have some poems published by then so people will be more likely to consider the novel, too.  I won’t let all this hard work go to waste!

The Duck of Draft 2

Novel Draft 1 Done

Finally finished with my novel a few days ago!  Yes!  It took 127 days, 385 notebook pages, and is just short of 75000 words, which should be in the range of 250–300 pages (since I read that books usually have about 250 to 300 words per page).  Some details are still missing, and I haven’t worked in breaks for chapters yet, but I’ll figure it out.  I will wait 6 weeks before doing draft 2 because that’s what Stephen King says to do.  Gotta fix some things, add more action in places, better dialogue, etc.  I’ll be returning to it around September 25, at the earliest.

            When I started the novel, I only knew that my main character would go find this special item and then use it to defeat the enemy, just about two parts to it, but it turned into something much more.  Three parts, three main characters, even more evil to defeat.  I figured out a lot of the story as I wrote it, and things fell into place pretty well.

            I’m really glad I finished it.  I started a little bit before the middle of April, I believe.  I remember a little while ago I was getting serious doubts about the story.  I didn’t think I could finish it.  It just wasn’t right.  But, I had to.  Or else, I had wasted my time.  So I kept on, and things started getting easier again, and the rest was more or less a breeze.

            So I hope there is a good amount of character development and change, excitement, humor, and mystery.  I used the “Break into Fiction” book (by Mary Buckham and Dianna Love) a little bit to help me know what kinds of things I should add into my novel to make it successful.  I hope I did it right and very much hope that people will enjoy my little tale.  There is no swearing or dirty stuff, but there is some violence, but not too bad, because that’s what I do.

            Someday, I would like to put up some pictures of the characters and maybe an excerpt or two, but not yet.  The pictures may come about sooner than I’m planning, but the excerpts will be a while longer.  Must fix them up more…and choose which parts to do in the first place.

The Novelist Duck

How I Started Writing

I haven’t been writing quite as long as I’ve been drawing, of course, but it makes little difference.  It seems to me that writing naturally improves with age more so than drawing does, and I certainly have improved a lot.  When I look back at the things I wrote many years ago, they are just silly.  I wrote several stories, some through to the end, some unfinished, but they mainly all consisted of people traveling across wide areas.  That’s all I could think of for fantasy stories.  They always had to do something that was really far away.  One story was three little “books” worth of this.  And to add to my already lacking skills, I just didn’t know how to make them very long, and I didn’t like the characters, either.

            I did try to send one in to publishers, though.  Somehow I must have liked it at the time, for whatever reason.  Obviously, no luck.  And my hopes of becoming a novelist soon faded away.  I didn’t care anymore.  I couldn’t write well enough anyway.

            And then, just for fun, I wrote a story I actually liked.  That I still like.  I mentioned it in an earlier blog, the one I started redoing.  That one had a sequel that wasn’t too bad, either, (and then I started another one that was not very good and not really related to the first two at all, which I didn’t finish).  It was funny, back then I enjoyed killing off almost every character.  I even killed one character, then brought her back, then killed her again.

            Anyway, since the first two stories, the first especially, weren’t too bad, I decided to redo the first one.  As I said, I started getting lazy.  I skipped parts that I didn’t feel like doing, then, just stopped altogether.

            And then it was that dream that gave me the idea for my current one, which is now about 58,000 words and almost done.  First, I read Stephen King’s “On Writing”, and then got started shortly afterward.  I don’t know what happened, but I am much more determined to finish my stories now.  Especially now that I know I can write something novel-length.  It may not be really long, but it’s a novel, and I’m satisfied.

            I’m also working occasionally on poems, but the novel is my main goal.  After that, I will likely take a break from novel writing for a little bit and work on more poems and short stories.  I have a small list of ideas.  We’ll see.

            By the way, I finally put my avatar up.  And I’m starting to draw up some of my comic book characters.  Perhaps I’ll show you some time.  Wouldn’t that be grand?

 An Indeed Duck