Writing Update: August 2017 – Part 2

Writing (and finishing) The Box of Secrets

During my week off, I finished part 6 of The Box of Secrets, and made a good dent in part seven (part eight will be the final instalment). I have also had to do quite a bit more worldbuilding for part six than I had initially thought. This is mostly because of the foreshadowing I have had to include in one specific scene.

I also had a lot of fun with curses and chants (but no R-rated language…). You’ll be able to read more about them in the upcoming worldbuilding posts.

While I am writing The Box of Secrets, I am also busy planning the other stories that will make up the Ruon Chronicles. This includes mostly macro-outlining, but for some parts I am already delving into micro-outlining. For me macro-outlining is the basics of what happens, while the micro-outline may even contain snippets of dialogue.

A week’s (almost) rest

I really tried to rest and not do much of anything at all during my week off so that I can have the strength and energy for the rest of the year (not to mention NaNoWriMo!).

This meant that I spent a lot of time listening to podcasts and music, catching up on vlogs and crocheting even more than usual.

The short break has, however, also given me renewed energy and excitement for the stories I am currently busy with and am still planning for the (hopefully) near future.

The POA for the rest of August

The main plan of action for the rest of the month is to finish part seven of The Box of Secrets. That said, I do also want to try my best to take part in the weekly flash fiction competitions as well — at least one a week.

Looking forward to September

September will see me write the final part of The Box of Secrets! Although I do not plan for it to be very long (I believe 11K words was my record for one part of the story), I do want the story’s ending to lead to the next stories while also rounding this one off. No use in the whole ending falling flat!

By the end of September I will also start to prepare for NaNoWriMo. But more about that next month!



By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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