Changing the Plot & a possible Multiverse?

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I’ve started to plan out the plot for Phantom Blade. After taking a peak at the story that I wrote, I realized that I had to change the plot. The one I currently have is good but I think it needs an improvement. Plus, the characters need to be flushed out more.

It also didn’t help that my subplots weren’t working well. They were also lacking. Long story short, I didn’t plan this out really well to begin with. While I have to, sort of, start from scratch, I don’t feel overwhelmed. At least, not yet.

So, to begin with, I started typing up a beat sheet with facts that I need to keep in mind and the basic outline of the story. Technically, I should have done this way before and I did but it was never completed because of reasons that I don’t remember any more. Point is, I have to write it all down so there won’t be any confusion in the future. If there is, I can just look back at the document and set things straight.

As I continue to revise and rewrite Phantom Blade, I can keep adding to this beat sheet. If I have to change anything again in the other future revisions then it won’t cause too much of a problem. I’m optimistic.

On a side note, I’ve been wanting to build a multiverse with Phantom Blade being part of the world. Everything would fit – all my ideas for other urban fantasy novels – but I’m a bit terrified of that huge project. I mostly have all the world building for each idea but incorporating all of that together . . . I don’t even know where to begin.

The smart thing to do is to write the first series (I’m not sure if Phantom Blade will be a trilogy or have a sequel) and then write the second series and build more on the world.

I’ve made a diagram and it came to my attention that I can pull this off but I don’t have to necessarily link them together unless I really have to. It’s something to think about that’s for sure and I’m not ready to jump into the project just yet.

And So It Begins

The new year has been great until recently because I have to deal with a huge inconveiance. For the most part with going back to work and moving back to my place, I’ve been busy and I haven’t had the time to post on this blog. 

However, I will say that I’ve taken up my pen and paper again. It’s not like I officially put it down, I don’t think I could ever do that, I just decided to take the holidays off from writing so I could spend time with my family that I hadn’t seen for almost a year.

The good news is that I took a look at Phantom Blade again and I believe I’m ready to start rewriting it. The beginning of the book is, in a sense, perfect. I took a look at the first chapter and it got all the information I wanted to come across clearly. At least in my head, it seems clear. Those first three or four chapters are my introduction to the world mixed in with the inciting moment. It is everything after that, I believe, that needs a lot of refinement.

Going into NaNoWriMo I knew how the story was going to start but the rest not so much. So for now, I’ll leave the beginning as it is, for now. I just added a few minor changes and clarification on some things. I definitely added more descriptions. 

This will be a slow project just because I have basically rewrite entire scenes and perhaps even characters. However, the most important thing that I have to do is take a look at the plot for Phantom Blade to make sure that I know where this rewrite is going to go. 

That’s it for now. I’ll be keeping you guys posted. 

Getting There

The National Novel Writing Month website says that I need to write 941 words per day to finish on time. That is not going to happen. Not because I have no idea what to write or anything like that. It’s because it won’t be enough to finish writing the actual story. As of right now, I know three important things have to happened before I can finish this novel. For the most part, I can link all of these three scenes/ plot points to fit into the story without having it sound like I am rushing this story.

It’s not like I feel like I’m rushing but I wish I had moved up the plot a bit more. At least, I know what I have to revise and fix in the second draft. So it isn’t so bad.

While I didn’t write 1800 words today, I did write enough to scratch an important scene/plot point off of ‘to write’ plot  for this story. Two more plot points/scenes to write before I finish and I have enough time to do it.

For those of you typing like

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and trying to catch up, I wish you luck. Don’t worry or stress. You got this. This is the moment to show that you can create anything. Who cares if it doesn’t make sense? That is why revision exists. Stay strong!

Remember:

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Pulling Teeth

To start off, I would like to say that I have outline almost half of my plot for Phantom Blade. ‘Almost half’ is not the entire thing but at least I have something. With this, I don’t have hand write anything from now on. Sure, the time it takes me to type 18k words per day would be faster but I can manage. There’s pros and cons to this choice but at least I have a choice.

Believe it or not, today has not been my day for writing. I was just not feeling it today. It had been clear from the very beginning that I was not going to enjoy writing every word or scene of Phantom Blade. It has nothing to do with being tired or the fact that there are some scenes in my story that area bit slow. Today’s scene was one of those times that I did not want to write regardless of any reason. Every word was like pulling teeth and I wanted something or someone to distract me so I didn’t have to write anymore.

There was nothing particularly hateful about this scene. Avon (my Lead) and another character were at an auction and the people they were looking for turn out to be part of the auction. No it’s nothing to do with trafficking. The people (two individuals) were the ones who brought the items in and out. There was a chase and two dead ends. Literally because these individuals died and  Avon and her partner didn’t killed them. This entire scene was a set back that I had set up in the beginning and I think it turned out nicely. I just didn’t want to write it.

During all of this, I felt like it got easier and easier to stop writing. Perhaps it was pride or stubbornness. Whatever the case may be, I am grateful towards it because I managed to finish writing the rest of chapter thirteen. I just really hope something like this doesn’t happen tomorrow because I really want to finish.

I will finish.

I will.

Today’s word count: 1,814

P.S. I don’t like the fact that I keep having this feeling. I want it to stop but I don’t know how. Should I take a break while I’m writing? Maybe do a five minutes workout I found on Pinterest?

Advice and Inspiration

My plot has been going down the drain day by day and it has shown in my writing and in my blog posts. However, thanks to Akaluv, I started to give thought about my plot in the way of chapters. I tend to plot my story from plot point to plot point so I don’t really focus on how many chapters I’m going to have or what’s going to happen in those chapters. For chapters, I just caught off after a scene when I want to end in a cliff hanger and/or when it is a good spot to end.

This morning, I’m happy to announce that I managed to plan out the next 2-3 chapters in advance! It didn’t take me that long either. My pen flew across the page like

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Well, it wasn’t fancy and there was no dramatic music but you get the point. At least now, I know what is going to happen next. It’s also thanks to the fact that I managed to put in points of conflict before and now was the time to bring them into full circle. More like a half circle to be honest. The full circle won’t be complete until later but that’s okay. This also means that I’m starting to intertwine the few sub plots that I have written. The bumps in the long road of plot are starting to vanish and it’s a nice feeling.