This month, my major focus has been to get Death Warden ready for pitching and submission. I contracted a line editor to help me with the book, and I’ll admit, it is a little weird having someone actually go in and start messing with my words. I’ll have some tips based on what I learned later this month.
I’ve also started doing some analysis of how fantasy writers introduce setting in their work. In my writing group, I’ve gotten into some disagreements with another individual about how much setting detail should be included—he thinks I’m too sparse, and I think he’s too wordy. So, for my own benefit, I will look at the opening chapter (and prologue) of some of my favorite bestselling fantasy books and examine how (and with how much word count) they introduce setting. My case studies will include: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfus, The Way of Kings and The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.
In other news, I’ve been keeping up with my 500 words/day goal on my new sci-fi novel. August is going to be crazy with vacation, so I’m hoping to get a lot done this month.
Topics this month:
July 10 — 6 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Line Edits
July 17 — The Dragon’s in the Details. Establishing Setting in a Fantasy World, Case Study #1: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
July 24 — Love it. Review it. Give it away. This months giveaway will be The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass.
July 31 —Blog Post Roundup: A list of My Favorite Writing Articles and News for the Month