The first chapter

I’m back after yesterdays blog swap.  If you are curious as to what I posted go check it out here.  So I’m still hapilly writing my novel and felt comfortable enough to create a page that will contain links to the chapters as I finish them.  You can go to the page following this link.

I am well into the second chapter by now and have in total almost 4500 words which means I hadn’t written much since last week.  The reason being that I decided to work a bit more on my first chapter to establish the characters.  I am really excited about what is going to happen in the book and can’t wait to finish writing it.

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The mirror never lies: Prologue

Note: Here follows the prologue to the novel I’ve been trying to write.  Ideas, input, question, comments, anything welcome (if its constructive and will help this story in the long run).

As he lets the last notes build up to a crescendo the mirror cracks, splitting into two almost even pieces. The one side a clear, perfect unblemished version of its former bigger self, the other distorted, riddled with fine veins of cracked glass running criss cross over the surface. Slowly the musician stood up to retrieve the two pieces, taking care not to let it crack or break any further. With both mirrors balanced in his hands he walked over to the dais on the opposite side of the chamber. Carefully he placed the two pieces on a stand, near a throne carved from black onyx that stood in the center of the platform. Then he knelt submissively in front of the throne. The man seated on the throne, looked at the mirrors than back to the musician. His eyes piercing, as if weighing, judging the performance of the musician. Slowly the musician lifted his eyes, catching his masters dark ones staring back at him, unblinking. His master holds his gaze for another minute before breaking the silence.

“The mirror has two sides, look and you will see yourself in both.
On the one side, a clear reflection, showing honesty and purity, untouched.
The other side reflecting a multitude of possibilities.
Images repeating, multiplying, truth running into lies,
obliterated, hiding between the cracks, its pulsing veins, always shifting.
But it matters not which side you choose, born from the same source
both will leave you with a version of a future, looming,
irrespective to the uncertainty it may contain.”

The deep voice boomed through the chamber, a regal tinge to it. The warning resounded in the musicians ears, but he had already caught a glimpse of his reflection in the mirror and he had seen the path he had to choose.
“What is seen can be changed and what has changed can be seen,” the musician replied, his voice had a musical quality to it.
“What you see will also haunt you,” his master replied.
“I have seen the path I need to choose, I am willing to walk it.”
With this the musician raised from the ground, bowing his head he said, “I am forever in your debt, Master. Please allow me to go on this mission for you.”

The man bend forward, he stretches out his hand to lift the musicians head till their eyes are level.  Two almost identical pair of eyes stare at each other.  The man nods,  lifting the mirrors from their stand he hold it up in front of him, joining the two mirrors at their jagged edges.  The mirror turns redhot in his hands, the surface starts shimmering as ripples run over it, covering, filling up the cracks.  The musician stretches out his hand until it touches the mirror and it starts dissolving, disappearing until there is nothing left.

Slowly the man walks the opposite side of the room, still carrying the mirror.  With a satisfied grin he hung the mirror back on the wall and gave a sinister chuckle.  “Fool,” he whispered under his breath as he left the room, still smiling.

Teaser

Ok today I give you a little teaser of what I’m busy writing. Each chapter starts with a haiku, summing the essence of the chapter (or at least thats what I’m attempting to do).  I already posted the first one, but I’ll post it again so all can be together.

CHAPTER 1

When winds of change blows ,
It unveils winding new paths –
Adventure beckons.

CHAPTER 2

The messenger comes,
With white envelope in hand –
Destiny changes

CHAPTER 3

With decisions made
Fate will weave her tapestry –
Intricate indeed

A novel update

Mainly because I don’t really have anything else to post or say right now but feel I have to post, before I forget to post and forfeit the NaBlo challenge, I am going to give an update on my novel (or attempts at it).

I have approximately 2000 words.  I know its shocking after 7 days its all I got. I intend to remedy that by writing at least another 1000 today, aiming for maybe 5000 by the end of the day.  Not sure if I can pull it of but whatever, today is the perfect stay in day and where I usually would have spent it reading a book I am instead going to write one.

Just to give a taste of what I’ve been writing, below follows a song that I used in my first chapter:

The wanderers song

The wanderer walks alone
The wanderer has no home

If you see him on the road
Remember what you’ve been told
Sometimes he enjoys company too
Someday that company might be you

The wanderer walks alone
The wanderer has no home

When you still have a long way to go
And you’re a long way away from home
When you see him walking over there
Go ask him if he would like to share

The wanderer walks alone
The wanderer has no home

If you see him on the road
Tell him that you’ve been told
That company is good for you
And today you know its true

The wanderer shares his path
with anyone that knows to ask

Novel writing software

Yesterday I decided to see if I can find free novel writing software.  Something that would help me with my novel.  So I googled it and I found something called yWriter.  Its like a word processor that breaks your novel into chapters and scenes. I haven’t worked a lot with it yet, but it looks like it might be a big help later on when I have written more than I can manage.

Here’s a list of its features:

  • Organise your novel using a ‘project’.
  • Add chapters to the project.
  • Add scenes, characters, items and locations.
  • Display the word count for every file in the project, along with a total.
  • Saves a log file every day, showing words per file and the total. (Tracks your progress)
  • Saves automatic backups at user-specified intervals.
  • Allows multiple scenes within chapters
  • Viewpoint character, goal, conflict and outcome fields for each scene.
  • Multiple characters per scene.
  • Storyboard view, a visual layout of your work.
  • Re-order scenes within chapters.
  • Drag and drop of chapters, scenes, characters, items and locations.
  • Automatic chapter renumbering.

Go to the webpage and download it, check it out and tell me what you think.

The beginning

So I started writing my so called novel, but I only have about 600 words so far.  I do however have tons of ideas in terms of storyline and characters and I am quite excited about it.  I’m thinking to use the haibun style that I’ve used in my short story again.  So below follows the haiku for the first chapter of the book.  What do you think?

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When winds of change blows ,
It unveils winding new paths –
Adventure beckons.