Tuesday, July 05, 2005

"Wings of Winter": 120K

I had no idea where this was going to take me last September when I began to write. At that point, the story didn't have name. Its working title was 'The Chronicles of Wolf and Sparrow' and I thought it would be complete in 75,000 words. When I look at my first handwritten pages, the initial outline and character sketches, I can certainly see the germ of the ideas that eventially became 'The Wings of Winter'. But the characters have taken me in different places and to more complex situations that I had anticipated. They do have a life and priorities of their own and I had to balance my sense of the overall story with their wishes.

As I told my writing group a few weeks ago--make sure that when you talk about hearing voices, you are talking to fellow writers.

Owen, Sparrow, Llewelyn, Callahan, Dale, Julian, Sylvie. They are real. They have dreams, fears, plans, histories. Much of who they are never make it into the story per se, but I hope they show their full lives to the reader. I know that the (almost)year I have spent with them has been an amazing experience.


  1. I know exactly what you mean - I too am a writer and owner of a writers group. As a matter of fact, we're always looking for new writers, there's a link on my blog to the group which is DigiRamblings, if you're interested. Very nice post.

    In addition, I've created a blogging project called "50 U.S. Blogs" and have linked to your blog. If this is a problem, leave a comment on my blog letting me know and I'll find another blog to put there to represent your state. Thanks! Happy blogging and good luck with your writing!

  2. As I previously shared with you, your blog was selected randomly to represent your state in my blog project "50 U.S. Blogs". The project is in the process of being expanded and I'm writing to share another invitation with you. I'd like to do a weekly focus on each state, starting with Alabama, and have each blog owner share about their state and their life, whether it be personal experiences, anecdotes, facts, or links to important areas in their state. In an effort to get that started, and to make the process easier, I need to first collect everyone's email address and determine their willingness to participate. Of course, authors are allowed to decline participation but that means I need to seek another blog to represent their state, as I must continue to treat each blog the same to avoid an issue with favoritism. Please email me from your personal email address where you with to receive correspondence related to this project and express your desire to participate or not. My email address is alwaysadventuring@gmail.com. Thank you very much for your support. Happy Blogging!