Episode 19 – Tears and Laughter all in a fortnights work


In All Jest,
Episode 19, episode 19, broadcast on
at 19th of February 2021

Intro

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Welcome to the In All Jest podcast.

I'm Darryl, your host, and each week I take you on a hero's journey.

I leave my safe, normal world and face many obstacles on my quest to publish not just one but six epic fantasy novels. .

I hope you'll come along for the ride.

You can find out more information at kingdarryl.com/podcast.

Hi there. This is episode 19, and as it turns out, it's being recorded on February the 19th, 2021. It's been two weeks when I laughed and cried while I wrote and not because of my own stupidity.

Since Last Time

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Since last time I recorded an in-between episode, go me. I'm actually getting it done. As I promised I would, which was chapters seven and eight from A Fool's Errand or book one. That episode is episode 17, which you can find in the podcast episodes. All right. In the last two weeks, I have written 23,502 words, which is about eight or nine thousand less than the fortnight before. My current total is 166,187, according to Scrivener, which sits at 83% of the story. Assuming 200,000 words is my end word count. If you like to do the maths, then the net difference is 21,898. So not 23,502. And that's because of course I keep taking stuff out, putting words in, there's a fair bit of culling in this bit.

There was a number of chapters and scenes that had been hanging around from before, which I got rid of. The biggest problem I have is that to meet the February 28th deadline, which is only nine days away and that's less than nine days of actual writing, I would need to do around 4,400 words a day. So you can see that that's blowing out, past most probability. I do have time this weekend in theory, to smash out some words, but if I  do 4,400 both days, that's, nearly 9,000 words, which is about the maximum I get done on a weekend unless I really go nuts. So pray for me, folks that I actually get to sit down and just go bang straight off and not have to do lots of poking around and research and fixing things.

Where is the story at? I have been completing what I call the middle build. I like that term from Sean Coyne's , story grid, also known as act two. It's the main journey section of the story. It's sort of 50% of the story. So the way it's broken up Act one roughly 25%, act two 50%, act three.  25%. So I'm now heading towards the climax and resolution that happens in act three and bringing the book to a close.

I pretty much have the ending already written, because I did that originally, although there is going to be change to what happens in it.  Some of the things that I did originally wouldn't stack up now I have a lot more ways I can bring that ending out and make it even better. So I'm looking forward to getting to that point when I get there.

And what is different to book one? Was that because I cut the book when I did book one, I didn't have an ending anymore, that was enough of a climax resolution and it was really just, Oh, I'm stopping at this place and now I need to write it. So the whole time I was editing book one, I was uncertain about the ending.

Whereas I'm a lot more certain about the ending I have in place at the moment. We'll see if I'm a certain when I get there, but I'm not there yet. One of the most enjoyable and yet saddest set of scenes I've written about happened this fortnight and it relates to something known as the Fool's Cart, C A R T.

It was mentioned a little bit in book one, but only slightly more of it comes out in Fool Me Twice. And during one of the chapters, I actually shed a couple of tears while I was writing it. That was new or unique to me. I haven't actually experienced such direct emotion while I was in the midst of writing.

But this particular chapter really got to me and the follow-up chapter as well. And a couple of preview people that,  look at my work, both experienced similar things in one or the other of these combined chapters. Another set of scenes I had myself laughing out loud and a lot. I was able to pull off a flip of something in the way that it should or could have played out.

If I let it run its course about how exactly, how things were going to happen. It would have been much more of what you would expect and the way I got to resolve it was different. And the interactions between a couple of characters were I really enjoyed. I felt they were crackers and I just made a lot of fun and it was a real kick to write.

A number of the characters in the series have been facing and resolving, to different degrees, a lot of obstacles to their goals.  There's been a lot of heat turned up on them across the whole of the continent.  Almost felt like I've been deliberately poking them and antagonizing them and trying to get them at their worst and then forced them to be at their best or to fail.

And, you know, that's kind of fun. I'm deliberately and actively doing it while I'm writing, not in the editing sequences. And as I've said in the last couple of episodes I've recorded, I'm really hoping that's going to give me the ability to,  be better about the way I approach the editing cycle. I have hit some difficulties bringing certain plot points to a close.

Yeah. Now that I'm getting towards the ending of the book, I suppose what I mean, is that I'm having to think more about the sequences and options, before I write particular scenes.  I don't have the freedom to just write them and let them bubble out. The, the need to be across the impact on this, in the timeline, doesn't match up.

How will I get all those things lined up? And I'm having to refer back to the timeline a lot to see where everyone's at and make sure the idea that I want to put in there is now going to play out in the light outlining that I did.  Now that I've got all of these other pieces lined up,  I'm just having to adjust that.

And so in some days when I'm writing, I could spend an hour or so, just getting clear about those elements. It does mean that I've also thought a lot about how I will outline for book three. And I am looking to do a bit more learning and practice a more detailed form of outlining. That will help me resolve a lot of these issues before I sit down to write the story itself, which will be another progression.

I can see how that'll allow me to power through without the same number of blocks. I know I can write in really good chunks if I didn't have to think too much about what's going on. So I will be looking at that. Now's not the time to do it. With so much of this book written and a deadline that I want to meet.

So I'm just going to keep going the way I am.  Reflecting on the, the issues I'm talking about, they are really small in comparison to A Fool's Errand. In book one, I was learning so much having to think so much at each stage of what I was doing. So it took a lot longer. What's happening here is I might be half an hour, an hour where I'm having to think through things, but I'm not getting stuck to the point that I can't write, or I don't know what to do next.

And I am actually excited about getting the manuscript finished and moving into the next phase. The next phase for me will be using the story grid template and mapping out the whole book. I'm going to combine a couple of things as I do that. I'm going to do some minor Wiki updates, particularly around,  new characters and settings that are in there so that I get them in at this stage because they will help all of my editorial team, as well as my self in reflection on the book, but I'll do the story grid and then I'll get into,  resolving the issues I bring up and just starting editing, scenes and chapters as I go.  Having a new process with more outlining and a simpler path to completing and getting it published well, helped me get to my long-term objective, which is at least one novel a year.

If not, 1.25 or 1.5. And clearly that means I'll just be speeding up the pace,  without the ability to just stop doing everything else. There's only so many hours in a day, so the more efficient I can be around all my other activities will be very helpful. What comes next? Well, I'm playing catch up as the numbers at the beginning of the episode said to finish the novel, I got to do a lot of writing.

If I do finish it before I record the next episode, though, I think you all need to buy me chocolate bars and I'm going to hold you to, that would be very important because I'll have done some craziness if, I actually get there. I do believe, I think the story is going to run over 200,000 words. So I can't really see it making it by then.

So you're not really up for too much, but I will keep writing exactly the way I'm doing five days a week, as many words as I can heading towards the end of this manuscript. , in other exciting news, we have an interactive map coming for you, the readers and listeners. I'm not going to say too much about it, but I've had my team working on it.

And once we've ironed out the final bugs and got the design implemented,  we'll be loading the data. And I'm really excited to share that with everyone. I haven't seen anything done, like the way we're doing it. It's pretty neat. My team has been excellent at it.  Bringing the idea up and helping put it in place.

And when I share it, I hope you'll find it really cool as well. Well, for now that's about it. I've got to go and finish this draft, hang around for one bite at a time.

One Bite at a Time

Chapter Nine  (Audio Only). [ 00:11:13 ]

 

Outro

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Thanks for listening to this chapter of the In All Jest podcast. For the show notes and more about this podcast, visit kingdarryl.com/podcast. You can contact me through that site and find me on Twitter @ireckon. If you enjoy the show please tell others, share my posts and review it on your favorite podcast platform. Till next time.

 

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Episode 18


In All Jest,
Episode 18, episode 18, broadcast on
at 12th of february 2021

Intro

[00:00:00]

Welcome to the In All Jest podcast.

I'm Darryl, your host, and each week I take you on a hero's journey.

I leave my safe, normal world and face many obstacles on my quest to publish not just one but six epic fantasy novels. .

I hope you'll come along for the ride.

You can find out more information at kingdarryl.com/podcast.

This episode is a narration only episode including chatpers seven and eight from A Fool's Errand

One Bite at a Time

Chapter Seven (Audio Only) [ 00:00:38 ]

 

Chapter Eight (Audio Only) [ 00:08:26 ]

 

Outro

[00:18:55]

Thanks for listening to this chapter of the In All Jest podcast. For the show notes and more about this podcast, visit kingdarryl.com/podcast. You can contact me through that site and find me on Twitter @ireckon. If you enjoy the show please tell others, share my posts and review it on your favorite podcast platform. Till next time.

 

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Episode 17 – Who Died?


In All Jest,
Episode 17, episode 17, broadcast on
at 5th of February 2021

Intro

[00:00:00]

Welcome to the In All Jest podcast.

I'm Darryl, your host, and each week I take you on a hero's journey.

I leave my safe, normal world and face many obstacles on my quest to publish not just one but six epic fantasy novels. .

I hope you'll come along for the ride.

You can find out more information at kingdarryl.com/podcast.

Hi there. This is episode 17 recorded on the 5th of February, 2021. It's been a big couple of weeks where I've been killing people, throwing challenges out for everyone and digging into the past, as a Prince becomes a King.

Since Last Time

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Okay. In the last two weeks, I recorded an in-between episode finally, as promised, which covers chapters four and five from a fool's errand. It's called episode 16. If you haven't listened to it already in the sequences, it is the episode before this one, I will be recording chapter six in the one bite at a time segment later in this episode.

Now what's my writing been like, well, since the last full episode, two weeks ago, I have written a total of 31,782 words. Which takes the total in Scrivener to 144,289. Now, if you're good at maths and/or been following along and checking out if I'm telling the truth or not, in the mathematics of the whole thing, the difference is a net of 24,555 and not 31,782.

And if you've been paying attention in the previous episodes, you'll know the reason why for those that haven't or new that's because I am having to remove some old scenes and chapters that I wrote right back when I did the first draft of A Fool's Errand, which became the beginning of this book or part of this book, beginning, middle, and end.

And as I get to them, a lot of them I'm rewriting or doing substantial modifications for, so my actual written words is the nearly 32,000 words, but because I pull words away and Scrivener being the horrible beast that it is removes them. I have only done a net of 24,555, but I am happy with the a hundred and more, nearly 145,000 words that we're up to out of the estimated total of 200,000.

If I am going to meet my February 28th deadline, it means I'll need to continue doing 3095 words per day in my five days of writing each week that I do. Over the last two weeks, my average has been 3,178.

So that means I'm doing okay if I can keep that up. But that is a pretty big ask. And. I'm going to have to push pretty hard to do it.

And I already know, I have some events coming up that are going to remove critical days. Like the next couple of days, this weekend I'm completely booked out. So I will not get much writing done at all, if any. More importantly, where is the story at? Well, the point of view characters that I've been working on include Tillandra, Lani, Goran, Clannack, Uksod, two of the new characters and a couple of others, none of which I can name at this point, because that might expose spoilers to you. I have been exposing more of the origins of the world situation, which means some more history has come out in different ways throughout the story. And each day I'm still having twists pop up as I work through everything.

And I do find that, intriguing, even though I've been through it before, how many ideas and story twists and parts of the character development just happen on page as you're writing them. It's not all clearly thought out in my head beforehand. Lots of it is. And the key things I'm trying to achieve, but not how we get there.

There's been treachery, death and of course, poor old Lani has mayhem everywhere she looks. I have done a lot more work on the antagonists. I said in, episode 15, how much I'm enjoying that process. And particularly because, this is not the arc typical dark baddy that we're looking at in that perspective and the way that we're viewing the antagonist, hopefully , will be as engaging as the way we look at some of the protagonists and secondary characters.

That's the goal. There has been a death or a significant death, which will hopefully pull on some heartstrings at the time that readers get there. There have been some magical developments, only small, but they are building in significance over time and they add to that breadth or deepening of the story itself. I got to enjoy using an element from A Fool's Errand again, in this manuscript to keep that thread going. It was an idea that a reader gave me. Which I pursued. I found a place for it nicely in this manuscript, it was a random comment from someone that was an early reader in A Fool's Errand.

What it did do was help me see how everyone views the story quite differently. And the elements in the story that pop out to them that may or may not necessarily stand out to me, the author. And I recall at the time I had absolutely no idea what this person was talking about when they described this object or group of objects. And I took note of it, looked at it, understood why that might've stood out and I've been able to continue that. And I have some plans across the series, how that will play out. So I'm enjoying that. It's just fun. Constantly still having to manage the timelines or continually having to manage the timelines.

There really is a lot of movement happening in Fool Me Twice. And more movement that's going to need to happen. And, there's just like a, a dynamic game of chess. People moving all over the board and keeping track of it is, is fun actually, because it's really making me look at how my story glues together. Enjoying it.

Cause and effect has been quite noticeable in the last two weeks. I've been really making sure that there's a reason for each thing to happen. And it's different to how I did it in book one and book one, a lot of that work happened in the, subsequent editing that I did. And it's like the way that I'm putting obstacles in for characters and challenges, as I'm writing each scene, really thinking about it in the scene, the cause and effect of just decisions and what a character does or doesn't do, and how that plays out is happening in real time for me now. And while I know I'll have to refine them in the edits and that it's actually encouraging to think that a lot more of that level of writing skill is going in at this point, so that my editing will be a lot less arduous in some ways, and really critical in it will be focused on critiquing quite deeply, whether it's working or not, rather than just gee, this doesn't work at all.

There are 18 chapters of original content that are still existing in the pre-work written work, which haven't come into this manuscript yet. So they live in the Scrivener file, but they're sort of below a dashed line. So I know the differences and as I work towards them, my evaluate and bring them in, and I did have one, a few days ago where I probably kept 60% of the general theme and some of the wording of it, but, others I'm taking the start and finish of the scene, the chapters, and then reworking it completely. So 18. --If they average 1500 words, it's going to be around 25,000 to 30,000 words that are there. And if I accepted all of that, as it was without much change, that'll take me up to 175,000 words.

And that really makes me a little bit concerned that. 200,000 words will not be enough to finish the story. What's the ramification for that? Well then getting it all done by February 28th will be quite difficult because if it ends up being 230,000 words in the first draft, clearly that's going to push out my word count and I can't do the maths in my head, but it might be for 4,000, 200 words a day, something like that.

I can't see me matching that. So what comes next then? Well, it's a sprint to the finish line. Not a sprint of just madness to throw anything down, but pushing towards that ending . All I can really do is stick to my writing process and wherever that finish line is, I'll get there when I get there. So if the word count, ends up being pretty close and I have a couple of great weekends leading up to that, I may well be completed by then.

But if the story requires an extra 10 or 20,000 words to come to its completion, Then, I guess we're going to be pushing into March, which I don't want to do, but you know, it's still a lot better than three months time. I'm comfortable where I'm at. I'm pleased that despite the new year kicking off and work scenarios and all of that going on, I've been able to get into my writing process and really run with it.

We'll just see where we end up. Really I've got to resolve some plot points and make sure every point of view character is being handled well. And that they're coming to the conclusions I need to come to. So that is what I'll be working on over the next two weeks?

One Bite at a Time

Chapter Six (Audio Only)

 

Outro

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Thanks for listening to this chapter of the In All Jest podcast. For the show notes and more about this podcast, visit kingdarryl.com/podcast. You can contact me through that site and find me on Twitter @ireckon. If you enjoy the show please tell others, share my posts and review it on your favorite podcast platform. Till next time.