Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m going to be discussing the 200+ page fantasy novel I started writing when I was fifteen/sixteen years old – and didn’t end up finishing. Going through my draft and reading all the planning, brainstorming and world-building I did has been such a crazy and emotional experience and has filled me with so much nostalgia… I almost want to/am very tempted to go back, re-write it, and finish it!!
Disclaimer: I’m going to be honest, my sense of time is pretty terrible. My memory even worst. I can’t seem to figure out what time period this was. I remember when I did the online advanced creating writing course but I can’t remember how old I was or which exact year I was in (my last edited on Google drive was 2018, which is it what then made me assume 2018)… so I was either 15 or 16, so if it seems like I’m jumping around from 2017 or 2018 or 15 or 16, then that’s why!
Soooo I don’t want to give too much detail (because I might end up rewriting it one day, who knows!) but the main story is about 4 princesses that think they’re sisters but were actually kidnapped from different bloodlines – and the whole plan is really expanding on this whole one idea and heavily drawing upon the fantasy element.
The world-building was definitely the part that was the most fun… I even devised names for each of the months because I had started off with diary entries so I couldn’t use “January, February” etc! A friend of mine and I had many discussions talking about the traits of each of the creatures/species that would be in this fantasy world and all the different kingdoms/countries. It’s almost got a bit of a LOTR vibe, but is also very different.
I remember I would spend ages scrolling through archaic names – and it was so fun to be able to basically create this world and change it to my own whims and desires – this is really what makes writing so unbelievably special!
I started writing this in summer of 2018 so I would set my alarm clock for 8am, get up and just write, write, write. I did a lot of experimenting with the way in which I wrote this – first I started off with diary entries, but then I went back to the beginning and wrote two preludes/prologues (I’m not sure what the difference is between them) in third person, and the first was 17 years before the diary entries (which takes up Part 1 of the novel) and the second was 17 years after, which happened at the same time as the diary entries.
I also had lots of different narratives. The diary entries were solely portraying the narrative of the youngest princess, and then in Part 2 I started to write in third person about the oldest princess. I’m not sure if switching between first and third person is something “correct” to do because I can’t quite recall having read a book that has done that… I know prologues can be in third person but I’m not sure about the body of the story… let me know what you guys think! I also started to write third person narratives about other characters as well that would later become more important in the novel.
In the academic year 2017-2018 (omg so long ago) I participated in this advanced creative writing class online, and there we would engage in a lot of discussion on writing (obviously), share each other’s writing and also different methods of brainstorming such as writing a novel, etc. One of the things that we discussed was writing your story in chronological order, and this was another thing that I experimented with in my fantasy novel… to the point where I’m now looking back on it (2-3 years ago) am extremely confused upon reading certain areas lol.
One thing in particular that really confused me when I was reading back on all my plotting and writing documents (which were several, all on one Google Drive folder) was how I seemed to have just randomly started writing about this character that is just never mentioned in my actual draft of the story, and then I started writing about how this character meets another character (which I had yet to even start developing, although they were mentioned in the prologue) like a significant time period ahead from what I had managed to cover in the draft of my story… it took me a while to figure out what was going on lol.
Also, whilst I was planning events that were going to take place, I would sometimes just start writing those scenes straight away because I got so excited! Reading back on those scenes especially has been so much fun because the memories of me writing them have just been flooding back and it has been simultaneously very nostalgic, confusing (because I can’t remember what exactly what was supposed to be happening and this was actually a part of the plot I hadn’t fully fleshed out yet lol) but also a riveting read.
Anyways – I think it’s clear that this fantasy novel was definitely all over the place, but I think it is very necessary to experiment with writing and go a bit crazy if you want… just because you can! It was the experimenting aspect of this novel that I remember really made it so enjoyable for me because it was new and fun. So, if you’re a writer – I would recommend trying something new – mix up your narratives, don’t write chronologically, abandon chapters!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know your thoughts! What do you think about the sounds of this novel? Should I start rewrite it and write it alongside my Islamic-fiction novel, using it almost as a place to warm up my writing skills and brainstorming and basically just something that I really, really enjoy… or should I leave it? What are your thoughts of experimenting with writing? What has your experience with writing been, what was your earliest writing project?
Speak to you all soon!!! 🙂