“From the top of the world / to the bottom rung / ’til the work is done / I’m gonna send you. From the ends of the earth / to the nearest gap / all over the map / I’m gonna send you.” (From the song “Go” by the Newsboys)
Here is chapter two of the fiction book I’ve been working on. As I said in the previous post, any thoughts or feedback would be very welcomed.
If Count Robert de Brant had any passion greater than the hunt for animals, it was the hunt for royal favor and a higher rank than he now possessed. His current goal was to gain the earldom of the Northern March, which would provide not only a higher title, but richer lands and a wider stage for his ambitions.
De Brant expected an immediate answer, or someone was going to get hurt. The spear men pulled back a bit, leaving more than ample room for a scout with a bandage-swathed head to take what was coming to him.
In answer to the 15 day writer’s challenge I’ve been participating in, I’m posting a very rough draft of chapter one of a fiction book I’ve been working on. I would love to hear any comments or feedback my readers have. Chapter Two will be posted shortly Thanks for reading!
“He hadn’t always lived like this. Once life had been good. Once he had a beautiful wife, a small homestead, the respect every man should have, and a chance at a family. All of that had been swept away in one brief, bitter moment, with the thunder of hooves and the flash of a spear cutting all light and joy out of Stephen’s life forever.
Another day, another blog post. 😉
I hope you don’t mind that I’m indulging myself, at least briefly, in an experiment here. I’m learning a lot as I work on this writer’s challenge I’m doing. (See yesterday’s post if you have no idea what I’m talking about.) I’m actually hoping to do a guest post for another blogger soon, and perhaps even host someone else on this blog to liven things up a bit.
One term that I’ve seen and heard used off and on since I did the School of Writing last year is the term “writer’s voice.” What is this? Basically, it is an individual writer’s style and way of writing. I think everyone has at least some gut-level sense of this starting out, but it doesn’t really mature until you start doing the work for yourself and writing regularly. Some writers have a more distinctive “voice” than others, because they have been doing it longer, or because they’ve thought about it more.
I’m still figuring this out for myself, and I’m really not sure what my “voice” sounds like yet, in writing terms. I’m just getting out here and thinking with my fingers, then putting it up for people to see. Writing like crazy when I get the time, taking a break, coming back and polishing. This is the process for me at the moment.
It’s time for the apparently more or less annual reboot of my blog. A rather quaint and quiet corner of the internet most of the time.
Let me start by saying I’ve been journaling for years. I quite literally have a suitcase full of old journals, and I have no idea where I’m going to put them, since I sure as heck am not throwing away the memories inscribed in this random collection of assorted notebooks. Twelve years and counting.
But it was really only in the last year or two that I have started being challenged by others that writing is more than just something I do in my free time, just for the heck of it. Some dear friends who I trust and respect actually took the time to point out that writing is something that I’m actually good at, that it is one of my giftings.