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NaNoWriMo Begins…

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After some deliberation, I’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo 2016. Am I mad? Probably. 🙂 I’m still editing book two, Awake in Purple Dreams, but I’ll put it on hold for a month. It’s just a month I tell myself. I can do this,  it doesn’t have to be perfect being a first draft. I’m coaxing my muse out further into neverland, ready to break boundaries hoping that this will stop me wandering online, something I do way too often, distracted by pretties. Normally I have a detailed outline, plots mapped out, etc, but this time, I only have images playing parts of a story. A few first names have evolved and visual storyboards to get me started, guess the beginning is the easy part. I’m sure the difficulties will come later as I’m a plotter and not a pantser. This will definitely test my ability to adjust, to flow, and just let the story grow. It’ll be frustrating, challenging, but also, hopefully,  interesting  and insightful.

Let the fun begin… 😉

Here is my page on NaNoWriMo ~ HERE 

Website Link ~ HERE

Imagery

This painting really inspires me and reminds me of a character in book two, Wulfstan. Not that there’s a grand connection, but something draws me in. Initially, I chose this name because it’s a variation of my families name, mother’s side, Wolstenholme. (Wulfstan meaning Wolf Stone). Amazing that something as simple as a name and an image can stir deeper story elements. These are the parts of writing that I love most, dreaming and plotting.Ivan Tsarevich riding the Gray Wolf by Viktor Vasnetsov.jpg

Ivan Tsarevich riding the Gray Wolf by Viktor Vasnetsov.

I found an image that suited the books theme perfectly. It would make a great cover.

Character ~ Tim

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Note: The book cover is for inspiration purposes only (an adaption created using Polyvore – the wonderful art / photography is by YURI SHWEDOFF) – Link to purchase Yuri’s original art can be found via the book website: HERE

More inspiration ~ Taken from the protagonist, Brooke’s, POV

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The book blurb (not edited – just a rough guide at this point)

A story of hope and courage in adversity.

The world is in chaos since the peoples’ rebellion waged war on governmental systems which permitted conglomerate greed over the needs of the general population. As civil battles continue in all major cities, more and more children are made orphans. Homeless, scared, and alone, their only way to survive is by sticking together. This new generation becomes known as ‘Lost Indigos’. Their lives are filled with violence and fear until a young woman, Brooke, offers them an alternative way of living, a wonderland of her own creation. There’s one problem, how can she maintain her care of the Indigos and still seek revenge for her parents’ brutal murder. Will it be possible for her to do both? If so, who must she become to make this happen? Brooke soon realises that what she teaches the children about fairy tales is something that she needs to believe in, too. Miracles can happen, but as she learns, only if you’re brave enough to seek them out.

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This book is intended as a ‘future’ story in ‘A Carpet of Purple Flowers’ Series. There is also a book for the past, ‘The Purple Book of Menteith‘. Both could be considered ‘Book Three’, it just depends on which direction of the cycle you wish to go.

Overall, it is an epic tale which links characters and worlds of all intended books.

I’m crazy I know, it’s quite a lot to take on. I should’ve made the debut a standalone. 😉 Guess you can’t help what stories are whispered to you from the creative muse. This one just keeps growing and I love it.

All images can be found on Pinterest ‘ClaĂ­omh Solais’ storyboards. HERE

Omniscient Point of View

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Omniscient point of view is most associated with nineteenth-century novels.

Basically, omniscient point of view means that the story is told from an all-seeing God-like, omnipotent viewpoint. You would use third person pronouns in the writing, but you can choose to dip into the head of any of the characters and reveal things that have occurred in the past or will happen in the future.

This was once a very popular method of storytelling. There are some cases where this can add an extra dimension to your writing when done well. Joseph Conrad was a master of omniscient viewpoint.

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The trouble is that each character must have a distinctive voice so that the reader is never at a loss as to whose head he is in at the moment. This is an interesting device for an epic novel which explores a theme with several tangled subplots. It is difficult to manage because if you give away the wrong information (in other words if you tell us what we want to know) then you lose tension using this technique. But if you can control it, and give the reader the right amount of information, you can increase tension considerably.

True omniscient viewpoint is very rare, but limited omniscient is often useful for modern writers.

Limited omniscient basically means that while you have a God-like perspective of the story, you limit yourself to being in one character’s head at a time. It allows you to switch characters as many times as necessary, even within a scene.

Think about true omniscient POV as having a camera panning throughout the room at a party scene, dipping into anyone’s head and perhaps more than one person at a time, by taking on the collective group perspective. Then you can think about limited omniscient more like passing a camera around the room with each person filming their own POV of the story.

True omniscient viewpoint can be difficult for your reader to follow. The limited omniscient makes it a bit easier, but even that is not an easy challenge for a beginning writer.

If you use a method of storytelling like omniscient POV that takes away from the intimacy, you need to provide a real benefit in some other way.

Source: HERE

“Writers are gods. We get to create entire worlds, populate them, and even…destroy them. Of course, writers can do this in any viewpoint, but omniscient point of view adds another layer to the process.”
– Nancy Kress

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In Pride and Prejudice, when Jane Austen writes, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife,” she (or more precisely, the novel’s omniscient narrator) isn’t exactly holding back with the attitude and the opinions.

The neutral narrator of a standard third-person novel could never write a sentence like that.

Not only can omniscient narrators share their attitudes and opinions and comments with the readers, they can actually address the readers directly.

If nineteenth-century omniscient point of view novels are your thing and you think you can write a twenty-first-century version, go for it. Just be aware of two things…

It is a technically demanding viewpoint to use. If the sign of a beginner is to mishandle point of view, you will really have to know what you are doing if you want to write a third person omniscient novel and not look amateurish.
Giving omniscience a modern twist is imperative. And the way to do that is to use the narrator far more subtly than did your nineteenth-century counterparts.
To see how contemporary writers have brought the third person omniscient viewpoint up to date, try Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy or John Irving’s A Widow For One Year.

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The greatest advantage of using the third person omniscient point of view is the total freedom that it offers a writer. In inexperienced hands, that total freedom is also the viewpoint’s greatest drawback.

Read about Writing a Multiple Viewpoint Novel HERE.