Round of Words in 80 Days – Goals

So I’ve never done Round of Words in 80 Days but I’m working on a book idea write right now so having a little accountability will be good for me.  I’m joining this round a little late, but I’m pretty excited about trying this out.

For this round, my goals are to write 500 words a day in August, to not reread what I’ve written (at least until I’ve finished the rough draft of the story), and to post one flash fiction post a week.

All right. Well I’ve got some writing to do…thanks!

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I recently reblogged a post on world building.  Here’s some more insight in writing about a magical world.

Annie Cardi

At Writers Digest, Steven Harper Piziks talks about how to write paranormal/fantasy novels. One big difference between fantasy and other kinds of fiction obviously boils down to the magical elements. Piziks says:

“The need to explain the magic [is] the biggest challenge, really. It’s so easy to use big expository lumps, but that bores the reader. “

I can definitely see this as one of the hardest parts of fantasy writing. You want to make sure your reader understands what makes this world/these characters magical, but you don’t want to bore them with an infodump. If your character is living in a magical world, wouldn’t he/she not really call attention to a lot of the magical elements? It would be like a character in a contemporary novel explaining in length what a television is or how a garage door opener works. (Although I bet Arthur Weasley would find that…

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Here is a great post about writing. There are some basic ideas to help writers of all genres. And there is some more in depth ideas on world creating, the focus there is fiction/fantasy, but if you interpret it loosely it can be applied to all genres too. There’s some really great information and methodology tips here. Good stuff!

Mara Daughter of the Nile: A Review

Egypt

Spy triangle  (like a love triangle, minus the love plus spying)

Exciting

This is a book I thoroughly enjoyed.  And once I got to the climax it only got better.  I literally couldn’t read the last fifty pages fast enough; there was too much danger; the plot moved so quickly; I had to know what happened next.

The book easily pulls you in with a little action.  Then the author (Eloise Jarvis McGraw) throws in quite a bit of intrigue.  Then she adds a little love interest and with that she ups the ante of internal conflict.  And all of that happens very early in the book.

McGraw continued to keep me eagerly turning pages by having a quick moving plot, a villain who is cold, calculating, and always on the verge of discovering our heroine’s duplicitous secret, a forbidden romance, and danger all around.

Flaws?  Yes, there are some flaws.  Mara (the protagonist) is a slave in ancient Egyptian times.  And yet she can read and is fluent in two languages.  This is crucial to the story.  But it is also a little unbelievable.  I haven’t done much research on ancient Egypt but I definitely believe that learning to write hieroglyphics is a huge undertaking, and wouldn’t be accomplished by a slave who only has a little time and energy to put in to this feat.  On one hand, it wasn’t believable.  So that’s a flaw.  On the other hand, I just didn’t care about that trivial detail, I was too busy trying to finish the book to find out what happens.  And that’s a plus (to me, everything evens itself out).

This book is not my typical book.  But it was highly enjoyable so it only took a couple readings to finish the book.  It is definitely a book I will read again.

Mara Daughter of the Nile