Novel in a Month: Day Six

Another quite productive day, with nearly 4500 new words to Stargazy Pie, and some plot thickening — albeit not the major twists I’d anticipated writing today! I’m still following along my outline quite well, but have written a quarter of my projected novel — 15,699 words — and so far made my way through the first three of my twenty-four plot points. I was anticipating each of these to be about 2000 words in length, which is indeed roughly the average of each scene as written — it’s just that I’ve written several more in order to move between the sketches of my outline.

I’m not bothered by this; this is an experiment. I am extremely pleased to have written over 15,000 words in under a week, and quite excited about the plot of this story. As I flesh out my rough notes I am discovering all sorts of things about my main character and the world he inhabits. For one thing, it turns out the neighbouring duchy has something of a Steampunk vibe about it, although not quite due to a combination of plot and world-building reasons and the fact that I don’t know much about Steampunk except as an aesthetic.

For those who’ve not come across the term before, Steampunk is — very roughly — a kind of fantastic Victorianism. Cogs and dirigibles and flying machines and bicycles, Frankenstein experiments, brass and polished wood and automata — and, of course, steam engines. I’m not very keen on automata so don’t expect them to make much of an appearance in my story (although you never know …), and I haven’t had any reason to bring in steam engines — yet —  but I’ve got some elaborate clockwork and references to the strange engineering projects of the duchy of Ghilousette. I’ve not read very many books that could be described as Steampunk, and indeed am not very sure where the term (or genre) originated, but that’s okay — from a few seed ideas I can develop a parallel civilization.

Stargazy Pie is generally set in a slightly earlier technological period, nearer to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution — more like Regency-era England, though I suppose it’s more like Regency-era England might be if it were reeling from the sudden collapse of the Roman Empire of which it had remained a part — combined with a bit of pre-Revolutionary France — and, of course, magic.

This is why writing fantasy is so much fun.


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