This weekend I was hard at work on The Dead of Winter (DoW). Everything is gearing up for the big showdown. Hopefully, I’ll have time to write and post a synopsis soon.
DoW is what I like to call a “quest type” fantasy. That’s the type of story that I usually write. Atonement, Tennessee was a style departure for me. It was designed to be something I could write ultra-fast for National Novel Writing Month. While it’s also a fantasy, Atonement is written in first person, and set in our current, real world.
DoW, however, is another matter. It’s a well-developed fantasy world, with a wide assortment of characters. (That’s what I love about writing fantasy – the world building.)
This weekend I got support from friends in New Mexico who were quick to reply when I asked them to send me “3 Things.” That’s a writing exercise I created for myself. Take three random things, and write at least until I’ve mentioned all of them. The “3 Things” they sent helped get me around a block.
This book is a long-term labor of love. Working fulltime, I can’t shift gears to write fantasy during the week, when I’m doing real-world tasks. So, it’s taking forever to finish DoW, but I hope to do so before winter is over again! Wish me luck.