My Year in Writing: 2014

In February I blogged about my writing goals for the year ahead. The annoying fantastic thing about blogging is how it makes you accountable. I’m pleased to say that I achieved two of my main goals for the year and still might just make it on my third.

The Ark

After four years of writing and development, I was both excited and relieved to publish my interactive ebook and app The Ark in September. I made 100 of my family and friends sign a dodgy disclaimer and then locked them in a bunker. Later, I made up for it by plying them with champagne. Read about the launch or watch the video or visit The Ark website to learn more.

Self/Help

Last month I was writer-in-residence at KSP Writers centre, which allowed me to fulfill my second goal, which was to begin my fifth novel. Tentatively titled Self/Help, I wrote almost 23,000 words of it in a month, and plan to finish a first draft next year.

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Monkey See

Allegedly I was going to complete a first draft of this by June! Well, I still haven’t but I’m very close. I’ve written 67,000 of a projected 70,000. With 2 weeks to go before I enter the productivity black hole known as school holidays I am gunning for the finish line!

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I’m planning to take a month away from my desk over the summer to recharge my batteries after which I’ll be back into it. I’ll be posting my goals for 2015 so keep an eye out for those – you can help keep me accountable!

3 thoughts on “My Year in Writing: 2014

  1. Hi Annabel – I’m back! How did you write the draft of Monkey See? In a linear way, or jumping all over the place? Have you an embryonic story a start moving to a finish? Or lots of writing in which there are lots of different scenes? I’d love to know. I’ve missed your blog.

    1. Hi Steve. great to have you back, I’ve missed your comments! Did you find anyone to join a writing group with? I hope so. If not, keep putting it out there – it may take time.

      I wrote it in a pretty linear way. And I used an eight point story arc as a guide which was really helpful.

      There are two sets of characters in the novel – a young boy named Uardo, and two companions named Danior and Chacho. For the first half of the book I alternated between chapters about Uardo’s point of view, and chapters about the other two, with Chacho and Danior taking turns to have the narrative viewpoint for alternating scenes. After the three characters met, the narrative viewpoint rotated between each character. Does that make any sense? It looked like this:

      Chapter One: Uardo
      POV – Uardo

      Chapter 2: Danior and Chacho
      Scene 1 POV – Chacho
      Scene 2 POV – Danior
      Scene 3 POV – Chacho
      Scene 4 POV – Danior etc

      Eventually…
      Chapter 5 – all 3 together
      Scene 1 POV – Chacho
      Scene 2 POV – Danior
      Scene 3 POV – Uardo
      Scene 4 POV – Chacho
      Scene 5 POV – Danior
      Scene 6 POV – Uardo

      This structure helped me work out what to write next because I knew whose mind we needed to see events from. It was easy to ask, what is this character doing now? What are they thinking? etc

      1. Thank you so much for providing a detailed response. I really appreciate it. The 8 point arc is remarkably helpful.

        I’m still working on the writers group. I’ll get there.

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