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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.

 

Episode 16 Header

Epsiode 16


In All Jest,
Episode 16, episode 16, broadcast on
at 29th of january 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 four and five from A Fool's Errand

One Bite at a Time

Chapter Four (Audio Only) [ 00:00:34 ]

 

Chapter Five (Audio Only) [ 00:06:53 ]

 

Outro

[00:19:13]

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.

 

Episode 15 – Over the halfway mark


In All Jest,
Episode 15, episode 15, broadcast on
at 22nd of january 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.

Hey, there it's episode 15 recorded on January the 22nd, 2021. Right now, pretty much all I'm doing is writing, writing, writing. As I raced to finish the first draft of, for me twice, it's all about my word count.

Since Last Time

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Well, I had hoped to be recording episodes prior to today. I just didn't quite get there, which means I did have a good break over my summer holidays, being away from my day job, plugging away at writing words. And I just never got around to getting back into the saddle and recording another episode. So here I am today.

Ready to get going for the year and to get the momentum rolling, and recording a full episode every two weeks and the in between episodes, which will have just the narration of chapters. What has happened since last time? Well, for the last few days of December, I ended up writing 12,344 words. And in January to this point, I've written 29,805.

So all up, I covered just over 42,000 words over the last four weeks. Which I'm happy about. I am very happy that I've made great progress. It's not as much progress as I would like to have made. I was needing to do around 2,500 words. I didn't always get there.  I'm now, I've allowed it to push out, it's getting a lot closer to 3000 words, if I want to make the deadline of February the 28th to have the first draft done.

The total at the moment, according to Scrivener is 119,734 words. So definitely been making good progress. There is a little hitch in that, that the number includes some chapters and scenes that were written originally, right back at the beginning, which I've mentioned before.

And as I replaced them, I delete them. So I might write 1500 words, and then I delete 1500 words. So the total isn't progressing as fast as potentially some of the words that I've actually written. And unfortunately, there's nothing I can do about that. Probably talk a little bit more about that in where is the story at and how has the writing been going.

So where is the story at? Well, I've been developing my antagonists and their roles and all their different stories. It has been interesting, getting more involved with them. In A Fool's Errand, there is a lot less focus on them. They're conceptually there, but we don't see their stories from a point of view.

That has changed in Fool Me Twice, the introduction of the primary antagonist and the people around him. So that is coming along. Lani's journey has progressed and, I'm happily adding more complications, more instinctively as I go. When I wrote A Fool's Errand, one of the things I had to fix in my later edits was making sure that the obstacles in her path, the complications she would come across, existed in her story.

I'm really happy with where I got them to be. This time around, I'm more cognizant of that. And I'm making sure that that's part of every scene and a combination of scenes that I keep that very much in mind and I don't let the story get away from me. I do think it's a lot easier this time, because there aren't quite as many scenes that involve Lani on her own, or Lani as a whole, her, her character exists.

She's a primary part of the story clearly, and that will continue. In A Fool's Errand. We had a lot of it about her. I mean, a large section of the book was about Lani and her progression. That continues in Fool Me Twice. Probably not quite as many scenes as we had. And that's partly because of the other characters and the breadth of the story.

It's become very obvious to me how the breadth of the story grows. And I guess I know that from reading other fantasy series. But seeing mine as well, evolve, not only do I have the characters like Lani or Tillandra that have their own stories and they need to be expanded and things that they're working on or journeys, they're making all of those things have to come out in the story, but  the secondary characters and tertiary characters that have important roles to fulfill plot threads that need to be expanded on and completed.

They add scenes that make those things happen. Sometimes they're off camera, but a lot of them can't be a lot of them you have to experience and go through. So now we see more of Goran, we see more of other characters as they are needed to, you know, create that breadth in the story and to help the reader, see these different plot threads play out. There's of course, new characters.

And there are five new characters that have a point of view that I need to develop in Fool Me Twice. One of them is a Jester that we haven't met before, she comes into it. We have a student in the college, the primary antagonist,  that, I talked about and there's another character that I can't really explain.

I enjoyed writing him in the original draft of this part of the story and being able to go back and rewrite him again, redoing some of those chapters. And I will talk a little bit more about why rewrote some of them, but I really liked the way he's developed.

The last of the five that I've added is something different altogether. And I, I can't really say anything about that character. It would give away too much. Writing them in, took some work and I'll be making more of them as the  series progresses

It is something that I wanted in A Fool's Errand didn't really work there. And so I, I didn't make it happen then. I now have the right place for this to commence for them to come into the story and to develop that out. And I'm interested to see how that will play out. As I mentioned, I haven't kept up too many of the original scenes.  I've kept the storylines and what the end goal of each scene was,  what the complications were more or less, but I just felt I could write them better.

I feel that my writing now is much stronger. I feel that I. I produce better written word as my first draft than I did previously. And albeit that they'll get edited by me and then looked at by the editor, et cetera. I want to make sure that I do the best job possible in the first draft to cut down the time in the whole production of the book.

So I've been doing that. It's pretty natural that I would progress that way. I've become better. The more words I've written, the more I've gone through the process,  and now I, I've written well over 500,000 words as I've progressed along, probably closer to three quarter of a million.

So I have been refining how I do it. It's a long way to go until I could think I was an expert at it, but I'm better than I was 450,000 words ago. It's probably a good lesson to me, to not overproduce,  words in the future. This was a unique circumstance because I split the original book and these were leftover.

I think, it's easier to write from scratch. After so much time has gone on so much of the story has changed and there are a couple of scenes in this, that is still lingering around for a character that I removed from A Fool's Errand. So I will need to remove them from this as well. Of course I've deleted words as well as written new words.

So the total word count just doesn't go up as fast as I'd like, but if I write a whole new scene, so 1500 words, and then I delete one previously, that was 1500 words. My net gain is zip.  But that's just the way it is.  Interesting thing in the last couple of weeks, I've built a distance grid. Now you may be familiar with the, road assistance organizations, do them travel companies, do them where, you know, you have three or four cities on the left, three or four across the right.

And it tells you the distances between them. If you're touring around an area. I have this massive spreadsheet of many of the cities and major towns on Dharatan and listed them out in a grid. And as I measure the distances as I need to, I'm writing them in there so that I can quickly go back and see the distances without having to remeasure them time and time again.

And this is really important for me to maintain the timeline, being able to maintain the timeline, if a character is going from Callet to Diwedd and it's this distance and then someone else is coming the other way or going to be passing through Diwedd. I need to make sure that everything coincides the timing wise, that, things don't get out of whack and that is getting more and more complex as I've got more and more people in motion, in different parts of the world.

I just need to have something  to keep them. Yes. I could measure them every time, but doing something multiple times just doesn't make sense. And I I'd rather be writing. And little tools like that, help me maintain the integrity of my world. They helped me, keep it more realistic. Yes. It's a fantasy series.

I do have a little bit of freedom, at the bend time or do things if I wanted to, but I really would like that the integrity of this is kept, strong. The rules of the world are kept together. There's distance, riding, walking, carriages have certain distances. Are we, on a river?

Paddling a canoe. Are we on a boat.  All of those things. There are different distances that people can cover depending on. What method of transportation they're using. And I want to keep that reasonably accurate there.

And probably the last thing is just learning how to make my antagonists be people and not just the bad guy. Or the opposition.  I am enjoying making their stories real. I feel like I need to make them sinister or dark, but the truth of it is I don't think I do. They're characters, living their worldview, which they think is correct, and they're trying to achieve their goals.

And over the other side, I have my protagonist doing their goals and trying to achieve those things. The fact that they come into conflict is where they become the antagonist and understanding that and actually doing it is kind of interesting. And I don't know how well I'll have pulled it off until I go back to reflect on my first edit at it and see it all.

So I look forward to that when I get to it, but that's what I'm doing. What comes next? I just gotta get more words done per day.  As I said, February 28th is when I want to have the first draft done. I'm either going to have to commit more weekend time to lift my average or get less sleep or something like that, but I need to get to 2,500 to 3000 words a day.

If I'm going to get there a couple of solid weekends of five or 6,000 woods would help bring that back down again. But you know, gotta be realistic as well. I'm going to get back to the regular episodes on this podcast. Every two weeks, I'll do the full outline of where I'm at and the in-between will be narrations of chapters.

I've got to manage all the plot threads. I have notes and notes and notes and notes of this. Person's got to do that. And this person's got to do that, et cetera. I've got to do that. I've got to keep on top of the storyline and things that are developing, but really it's about writing more words and that's what I've got to do.

One Bite at a Time

Chapter Three (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.