Friday, July 5, 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019

That time I fired a musket

As you all might have noticed, I like to try to experience things my characters would have so that I can write about them more accurately...and one of those experiences is the topic of my latest Austen Authors post.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Writing update

Hello, dear readers!

So the good news is I've passed a big milestone in the first draft of A Generation's Secrets: it's now past 75,000 words (and going). For perspective, novel length begins at 50,000, so it's been a novel for quite some time now!

Now for the more frightening news. I'm only at page 19 (and a half-ish) of an 81 page outline. So...yeah. I don't know that I can apply that proportion to the word count and say accurately that this book is going to be a novel of more than 300,000 words, as different parts of my outline are in different degrees of detail. But it wouldn't entirely surprise me if it was. By comparison, A Season Lost was around 225,000, so I suppose an extra 75,000 words isn't entirely outlandish. That also means, though, that I may still have the length of ASL ahead of me to write -- eek!

I always knew this one was going to be long -- there are some plotlines that have been running for quite a while that finally reach culmination in this one. If it hadn't been for hitting the year without a summer chronologically and that needing due attention, they probably would have happened in the third book. So now there's just that much more to cover.

When I was writing A Season Lost, I was worried about the length even when the first draft was around 200,000 words. The feedback I got during the beta posting, though, convinced me that it needed some areas fleshed out -- it needed even more. On AGS, I'm just operating on the assumption that if folks have made it this long, they're on board for as long as it needs to be, so that does make it easier. I'm still going to try to keep the pace moving, but I know a part of these novels has always just been about enjoying time with the characters and with that time in history, so there will be elements of that. It's safe to say, though, that more happens in this one than any of the other books so far. Based on my plans for books 5-7, I do think this one will be the longest in the series (although book 6 might prove me wrong...we shall see), so it's not as though they will just keep increasing in length. They'll each be the length they'll need to be.

So bear with me. I am working on it, and I am making good progress, but I'm endeavouring to write the equivalent of multiple novels!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

Paperback copy of A Season Lost

UPDATE: It's been claimed

Hi dear readers,

I've got a spare copy of A Season Lost in paperback that I am giving away first-come, first-served. Long story short I signed it with a pen that was not up to snuff, then tried to trace over it with another, and it's not up to the signature quality that I'd usually give out. But I didn't want to throw it away, so I figured I would give it away to someone who knows what they're getting into.

So if you would like a somewhat sloppily signed paperback copy, shoot me an email at sophieturner1805 AT gmail DOT com. First to email gets it!

Why did we do that?

I'm writing about the evolution of fashion, including the corset, in a new series at Austen Authors .