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. 

Day 29!

There’s a day left before November comes to an end! It will all be over soon. I’m not saying this because I’m so done right now but because it’s an accomplishment. I’ve worked so hard on this story even though most of it doesn’t make sense. I”m just glad I wrote it. That’s all I can say.

Today, I finished another important scene/plot point AND I HAVE REACHED 50,000 WORDS!

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That’s all I have to say. I’ll update more on tomorrow’s blog and I will put up my certificate.

Fast Forward

There’s three days left before NaNoWriMo comes to an end! While I didn’t type anything yesterday because of reasons, I will still reach the goal of 50k words.

I mentioned before that I wanted to finish the story like write ‘the end.’ As it is now, I don’t know if that might happen. Even if I reach 50k words, I plan to continue writing until Nov. 30 in the hopes of finishing the novel.

At this point, I don’t even care anymore. Okay, I do care about the plot but I’m no concerned with finishing this story. I’m jumping from important scene to important scene to reach the third act and the final confrontation. With the scene jumping, it’s more like I’m shortening the scenes to only include the information that is necessary. Sensory information or setting description is being omitted. I can fill out those details later. I just want to finish.

Honestly, I don’t know what I’m going to write tomorrow. It’s going to involved a demon persecution, another ambush, and possibly a demon possession.

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The last Stretch

We have five days until the end of November and the plot is moving towards the third act. It hasn’t gotten there yet but it is very close. The way things are going now, I say that I will reach 50,000 words soon. Yesterday I had 2k words! I think it had to do with the fact that I wanted some time away from the family.

I don’t know if I’ll reach the end of the story (like the actual end of the novel) but I can always rush it if I need to. I’ll probably have to. At this point, I don’t know how my subplots connect to my main story but that’s not important. What’s important is that I’m almost finished. I can start that headache inducing revision later.

Honestly, I’m excited. It’s been almost two years since I came up with this story and I’m so glad that I can just write it and get it out of my system. I think that’s what I need to do for all my unwritten stories. Just write them and revise later. Thinking about  it now, that’s what I’ll probably due in December. Start on a novel that I’ve always wanted to write but wasn’t sure how to start. Otherwise, I won’t start and I won’t get anywhere.

The best part is that I do get to use a scene that I wrote a few weeks ago. If y’all remember, I wrote a scene that really had no part of the plot at the moment. Just today, I was able to write it in into the plot. So far nothing was wasted. I’m proud of myself.

Tomorrow’s plot: cooperation and a forced trip down memory lane

Word Count: 1,841

P.S. I’ve hit 45k words! 5k more words to go!