Well that has definitely been one of the most productive writing weeks I can remember, with about 17000 words added to the first draft of Fury of the sword, leaving the current word count at about 32000; just over a third of the way there.
If you've been following me on Twitter or Facebook, you will have read how the writing has really surprised me this week. I had three chapters mapped out in rough and was pleased with that but when I actually came to writing them, the first two ended up being so long that I had to cut them into four. The really pleasing thing about that is that it was decent writing as well. I think most writers know when they're just writing for the sake of it, knowing full well that a large percentage of it will be cut in the first edit, I know I do, but this is different. I'm really pleased with the standard of the writing and don't expect to have to cut too much.
The first chapter was about Arlen Meric, who readers of book one will no doubt remember. I always hinted that there was a serious back story to be told for this character but the time wasn't write in either book 1 or 2, but now it is. Surprisingly, his back story is heading in a slightly different direction than what I expected which is great because it's all new to me as well then and I never know what's round the corner either.
The other three chapters have all been about Teren Rad, arguably the main protagonist in all of the books. I have found writing these three chapters so easy it's been unbelievable; I literally couldn't type fast enough most of the time to get the ideas and the dialogue in particular down. He is definitely the character I am most comfortable about.
I've got one more chapter roughly mapped out but think I'll spend the next few days trying to map out the next five or six. I just hope that the muse doesn't desert me in the intervening time.
Don't know when I'm going to get the chance to write some short stories; I've got several story boards written down in rough, but I just can't afford to leave the novel writing at the moment, not whilst it's going so well. Maybe when the ideas for that dry up as they inevitably will, I'll try short stories then for some inspiration.
After a good start to the year reading wise (3 books in January and 2 in February) that's good for me believe me, never got round to reading any this month, which is a shame. Going to have to really go for it in April especially as a visit to a local bookshop recently revealed several new books out I want to read, especialy Destroyer of cities by Christian Cameron.
Why haven't I read any books in March? Well there's a whole raft of reasons really, none of them acceptable, but a large part of the reason is because of the fantastic TV on at the moment that and watching a film most every night. Good TV continues to include the excellent Person of interest, Grimm, a new watch called Vikings and the unbeatable Spartacus. Only 2 or 3 of those to go - don't know what I'm going to do - oh, yes I do, Game of thrones is back tomorrow - result!!!