I've updated some of the elements on the blog but I'd also like to change up the content a little. I feel like that's been lost in my pursuit of staying busy with my writing. I feel like I've been spinning my wheels and not making much progress.
I hope you'll look forward to the slow changes I'm going to start incorporating. I definitely want to publish Surge this year (2020), as well as a short story that will sort of set up the story for the secondary characters. Just because they're secondary characters doesn't mean I shouldn't fall in love with them, right? :) Well, in any case, I do enjoy writing their stories and can't wait to share them with you!
Until then, please enjoy these writing/bookish challenges I've decided to participate in this month.
#CandleLoversFeb20 Days 1 - 6
This challenge is a photo challenge and a giveaway. Each aesthetic must follow the theme and have a candle in it. It's hosted by @livvynicklaus (and linked to her IG post in the challenge photo) and @drinkcoffeeandreadbooksgifts (linked to their page, just click on their name.) Here are the prompts:
#1WordPromptChallenge Days 1 - 6
This challenge is always hosted by @mjvaughn1_author on IG. I've linked the challenge photo to their IG post on the topic. Here's the list of prompts and my sentence containing the word (or synonym) for each:
Ah! There now. He'd seen her. Good! She was glad she'd chosen to wear her newest clothes for market day. Glad she'd donned sylvrin beads in her darkest blue locks. She raised her chin, daring him to do his worst, blue-black eyes clashing with burning orange. - taken from Dara's Determination by Robin McElveen
As they reached the door, it swung open bathing him in the searing light and warmth of the suns. He cowered as sharp rays lanced past his eyes, strengthening the throbbing behind his right ear and at his temples. He howled at the fierceness of it and gripped his head between his hands again. His eyes streamed and burned at the intensity, making walking more difficult. Through the torment, he barely registered the strike of a staff on his legs and back.
I've been working hard on my character profiles, digging deep into the characters in Surge and The Tale of Outh'n Durr. Elzevera Koenderink of Willow Editing suggests working from the big picture down to the small details when tackling a self-editing project. That way, glaring inconsistencies can be fixed before dealing with small details that make a big impact on the reader, such as grammar and style.
So I've been using Campfire Pro to put together files I can refer back to when I have questions about how my characters will react in any given situation. What I really like about this is the ability to transfer all this info into a PDF file when it's complete.
I can't wait to get to the world building part but if I'm following a method to see how it works for me, then I need to stick to the plan provided so I can give an honest review/opinion. I'd want someone to be that meticulous if they were doing the same for me. :)
I've been working on chapter two of Outh'n Durr's story, but for now, I hope you'll enjoy the background I've been able to share with you from my characters' profiles and the short snippets. I'll see y'all next Friday and hope to have a new chapter or two posted on Wattpad by then. Y'all have a blessed and safe weekend!
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Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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