Monday, June 21, 2010

50,000 words

Wow. It just sounds crazy to say it, but I have officially eclipsed 50,000 words in the first book of my trilogy. Just to put that in perspective, the first Harry Potter book is 309 pages and around 77,000 words. You see, 50,000 words is special for me because I think I've subconsciously deemed it as the point of no return. In terms of plot, I would say I have at least 1/4 of the book left to go including a pretty big climax I have planned. I also need to go back and flesh out some details on characters, as well as add a few things to make everything flow together. Of course, then begins the monotonous process of editing, but I'll be thrilled if I can even get there...when I get there.

I still have quite a ways to go, but as I said earlier, I am officially deeming this as the point of no return. For years I've dabbled here and there with some ideas, fleshed out some characters, and written outlines for the trilogy, but never have I fully committed 100% to finishing this book. In fact, I honestly wasn't sure if I ever would finish it. I am now happy to say that whether this book is read by 2, two thousand, or two million, I am going to finish it. Whether it's published across the world or simply posted here on this blog, I am going to finish it.

Something just came over me today and I felt really inspired to write. I've been sitting here for the past couple of hours writing one of the most thrilling sections of book 1. For the first time since I've been writing Kedu, I was actually brought to tears tonight. It's something I had been planning for a while, but as I started to write it down, I couldn't help myself from being moved to tears. Now I'm not saying I have the next big hit on my hands, but if I can get attached to these characters enough to cry for them, I have a feeling others may do the same.

From the start, the thing that was always most important to me was the characters. I may not have the most advanced writing style or use a lot of complicated words, but I feel that I have truly created a group of lovable characters. That brings me to the book itself. I am not sure I've ever discussed the actual contents of the book on my blog, but now is just as good a time as any.

During my undergraduate years, I had a blind professor. Many of the students were constantly amazed at his ability to lecture, remember facts, and use his other senses without sight. It's pretty fascinating how his ability to hear, smell, taste, and touch is probably 10 times what I'm capable of.

As I thought more and more about this idea, I soon came up with the idea of the Proeliators. Basically, the Proeliators are an ancient group of warriors who protect the land of Vale. Their powers come from their incredible ability to sense the world around them. Their senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch are so advanced, that they are nearly unstoppable in battle. Their heightened senses also make them some of the most advanced spell casters in my world.

I don't want to give too much away because, after all, I want you guys to read it one day! Basically though, my trilogy tells the story of Vale's last Proeliator.

I can definitely see myself finishing the book this year, maybe even this summer if I have more writing days like I did today (although editing is another story entirely). I have a cousin who leaves to read, as well as a few friends who I think would be happy to proofread. I never really understood it when authors said that you can't write with the sole hope of it getting published...that is until now. I genuinely want to finish this story for the sake of my characters...and for myself. If it gets published, that would be a dream come true. If not, you guys can look forward to reading it here on the blog one day.


logankstewart said...

Sweet, dude. I hope I'm on your friend list that would love to proofread it. 50,000 words is quite an accomplishment. Best of luck with finishing it.

By the way, I like the new blog title.

Jonathan Francis said...

Yep, you're definitely one of the friends who I may beg to do some proofreading for me, haha. I really can't believe I finally hit that mark. Before, I could only dream of the day I might finish. Now, I can actually see it happening. It's a pretty interesting experience that's for sure. I've really grown with these characters, which is a statement that always sounded weird to me up until now.

logankstewart said...

It won't take much begging. I actually enjoy editing and stuff, and I'm a sucker for a good story. Congratulations on almost finishing, and congratulations again for when you do.

Okie said...

Great milestone. Congratulations...and keep it up!

Sid Kal said...

That's awesome! It is encouraging to read about your story. Perhaps it will give me the motivation to start and put my thoughts into words too - delaying for as long as I can remember!

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