Tzalaran's favorite hangout, hence it is the name of my blog on the web. Here i'll talk about the writing of "Scales of the Assassin", working title of the start of Tzalaran's saga, and give background information on the world Tzal lives in.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

NaNo Day 1

Decided to do NaNoWriMo this year, and i figure that posting to the blog is the best way to keep track of my progress. Day one has been somewhat productive, but it was a significant amount of words not coming like i wanted them to. Right now i'm just focused on getting the story moving, and i'll come back and polish it in an editing pass. Normally, NaNo is a 50,000 word count goal, but in order to finish the book from front to back, i'll need to hit 80-90 k. As such, i'm well short of my 3,000 words for the day, getting 1809. i'm thinking that tomorrow will be much better, and i might have to trade keyboards to make typing a bit more comfortable, cause this one is better for gaming due to its size (one hand keyboard one hand mouse its great, typing makes my shoulders hurt a bit).

Anyway, didn't like any of the words i wrote today. That isn't all that surprising considering how out of practice i am, and this was the scene that i knew would need tweaking after i finish the novel to make sure that the hook is strong, and the foreshadowing is done right. This is also the first thing i've written not in first person Tzalaran persona. It's really choppy for that reason, but i'll fix it up once i'm done. I'm looking forward to writing the bulk of this book, with what i've planned out i think it should be pretty engaging and fun to write.

i spent the past month filling out a few of the worksheets from, beat sheet and the most important writing tool on one page. Having both of those filled out should really help in the drafting and revising process, because i know the story so much better than i did before. Still need to flesh out the city and a few other things, but i'll have plenty of time to brainstorm that on other days.

I picked up Scrivner for Windows last month, and for any writer it is simply a great tool for the price. i am loving the kinds of planning you can use it for, and it is a great way to build up an encyclopedia for a world building project like mine. anyway, it gets the Horned Devil stamp of approval as a top notch writing and worldbuilding tool.

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