WANTED: One Plot

April 26, 2009

For a while now, I’ve had a story nagging to come out and onto paper. Finally, I’ve agreed to its conditions: I write it,  and it stops nagging. I’ve got just about everything – characters, subplots, a map. Only thing I don’t have is a plot.

I mean, I know what will happen in the story, just not the overall plot, in one sentence. If you don’t get what I mean, think of Lord of the Rings. The overall goal in one sentence is “Character returns the Ring to Mount Doom”. That’s pretty much what happens in a nutshell. Except, my story doesn’t have one…

I’ve tried to make like a mind map, to help me. Basically:

  • King is murdered (or assassinated, I suppose…)
  • Why? To send kingdom into chaos
  • Why? So enemy (who assassinated him) can take over kingdom.

That’s about as far as I’ve made it. I’ve been wondering why this enemy wants to take over this kingdom (which is very little. There’s a much larger one next door), so I’ve been thinking that perhaps the enemy wants some powerful weapon hidden in the little kingdom, so it can take over the larger kingdom. Or perhaps the enemy just wants a base to attack the larger kingdom. But then, why does the enemy want the larger kingdom??? Please leave your thoughts and suggestions.

Once I have that all done, I can write out the plan, and get writing.

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler


Thank You

April 23, 2009

Just a quick post to end the previous post.

First of all, thank you to all of you who commented. I appriciate it.

When I first posted this, I liked the Alington. However, for some reason, when the first comment came in, I immediately fell in love with the surname Ashwood, without even reading the comment. It cuaght my eye, and I loved it. Good thing everyone else agreed.

So, yeah, thats about.  I hope to blog about something else soon, but just have nothing to say.

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler


The Name Game

April 16, 2009

I’ve started and stopped so many novels featuring Lily Gunn, it’s just  not funny. I’ve discovered major plot holes, revamped the plot, and started again.
However, I’ve vowed that this is it. I WILL NOT START AND STOP.
To make sure everything was in order, I’ve made changes to the MC, to make her better. It’s all good. The only thing I’m not happy with is her surname.
To try and find some, I googled “list of English surnames”. There were several I liked, but one stood out. Ashford. I liked the name, Lily Ashford. Sounded nice. Just for fun I googled Lily Ashford, and I was shocked to find out that there is an erotic romance author with the name of Lily Ashford.

So I kept looking, and narrowed it down to three. This is where I need your help. I’d love for you to leave a comment of which surname you think I should have. It has to be a noble name. Something fit for a countess. Something that goes well with “Lady Lily…” and “Lily…”.
Here are my choices:

  • Alington
  • Arlington
  • Ashwood

If you have any other suggestions, I’d love to hear from you.

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler


Book Blog – Eragon

April 15, 2009

I was going to have a different book featured in this months Book Blog, but I ran out of time, so I had to feature this one (it was my only backup).

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Written when the author, Christopher Paolini, was 15, Eragon is a novel about a teenage boy named Eragon. It’s the first in a series of four (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and an unwritten fourth book), and takes place in the fictitious continent of Alagaësia.

The adventure starts when Eragon finds a strange blue rock, while out hunting. He soon realizes that the rock is in fact an egg – A dragon egg to be precise!
After his house is destroyed, and his uncle killed, he, his dragon (Saphira) and his mentor – Brom (a storyteller) – set out to chase and kill a pair of fearsome “Ra’zac”.
Along the way, Eragon discovers that Brom is really an associate with the Varden – a rebel group. He also learns how to become a legendary Dragon Rider.
One night, they are ambushed, and, although a stranger named Murtagh saves them, killing the Ra’zac, Brom dies. Murtagh sets off with Eragon to find out about the Varden. However, Eragon is captured, and sent to a prison, where he finds a drugged Elf. Murtagh and Saphira come to Eragon’s aid, and they rescue the Elf, and try to take her to the Varden, where she will be looked after.
When they arrive at the Varden’s secret location, which the Elf, named Arya told Eragon about telepathically, they are finally able to rest.
However, an army of Urgals – the enemy – find the base, and attack. The Varden manage to win the battle, and Eragon kills a Shade – a magical sorcerer. He blacks out, and is told telepathically (through his dreams) to go to the Elves, who are hidden in a forest. He is told that Arya will take him.

The book was good, however, some say that the book is similar, plot wise, to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. I can see how Eragon is similar to Star Wars, with the evil Empire, the rebels in a secret base, and the MC setting off on an adventure with a mentor who was secretly involved with the rebels, after the MC’s home was destroyed. I don’t think too much was taken from LotR, as fantasy books are allowed to have Elves and Dwarves as characters in them.

Overall, I give the book 7/10. It was interesting, and will definitly be getting book number 4.

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler


Chapter Summery

April 14, 2009

Chapter Five, unlike the other chapters, which begin at a time after the previous chapter finished, takes place where Chapter four left off.
For example, Chapter Two is a week before Chapter One, and Chapter Three is a couple of days after Chapter Two. Unlike those chapters, Chapter Five begins right after Chapter Four (if that makes sense).

In the opening of Chapter Five, Lily has found herself looking at an amazing golden temple. The team all go inside, where they are attacked by horrible beasts. Lily escapes, only to be attacked by a security guard ordered to capture her.

Here’s an excerpt:

“30 metres to go.
Her arms and legs were both beginning to burn, and her lungs ached. Her heart beat fast, and Danielle was close to the exit. ‘Come on Lily!’ Danielle cried. You can do it!’
‘I know!’ Lily screamed.
Lily paused, aimed her weapon, and fired several times. Of the six shotws, three hit the statue in the chest, one in the arm, and the other two flew past, stricking the ground below. Her weapon clicked, and Lily dropped it, cursing loudly.
‘Here! Take mine.’ Danielle dropped her gun down the tunnel, and Lily caught it. She fired twice more.
20 metres to go.
Danielle reached the top, and was pulled out by the figure above. Lily realised it was one of Garor’s security men.
‘Faster Lily!’ Danielle yelled down the tunnel. ‘It’s gaining on you!’
‘Shoot it!’
‘I cant! I might hit you!’”

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler


Happy Easter

April 12, 2009

Just a quick post to say Happy Easter to you all. I’m going to my grandparents house today – it ought to be fun. They’re going away, so we’re giving them a big going away gift.

You may have noticed that I have Twitter updates on the sidebar, but for some reason, they never seem to be working – it always says “No Response from Twitter”. Does anyone also know why that is?

Lastly, before I go, I’m sorry I haven’t posted much. I’ve just got nothing to post. I haven’t even been writing much. I am trying hard to get into habit of writing.

Have a safe and Happy Easter (and yes I know this post is a bit choppy. Sorry).

Always Writing

Little Scribbler


Chapter Summery

April 4, 2009

Chapter Four is complete. It did take a little longer than expected, but I was busy with school.

Chapter Four begins with Lily on a helicopter above the Drake Passage (below Argentina) on the 28th of October, where she meets her new friend, Danielle King. The beginning of Chapter Four is about the reader discovering who Lily is. The second half is discovering the golden temple.

A few excerpts:

“The helicopter descended slowly, and with a few bumps on the way down. When the Bell 407 was about five metres from the deck, a door opened out onto the deck near the landing pad, and several men exited. The leader, Garor, waved up.
The Bell 407 touched down, and one man rushed forward, and opened the door to the cabin. An icy blast of wind rushed in, chilling Lily to her bones. She gasped in shock.
The three passengers were helped down, where Garor greeted them.”

and…
“Planning on shooting something, Miss King?’ She asked sharply.
‘Danielle look up. ‘Huh?’ She glanced down at a pair of handguns. ‘Oh, them. Don’t worry. I can explain.’
‘Be my guest.’
‘Quite simply,’ Danielle said, ‘I don’t trust Mr. Garor.’
‘Why not?’
‘First of all, there are about thirty security guards aboard this ship. I asked Mr. Garor about them, and he told me it was because of the pirates that might to attack on our way back with anything of value.’
‘Sounds reasonable to me.’ Lily interjected.
‘Perhaps, but no one knows where we are. And, do you know how he knows where to find this temple?’
‘No.’
‘No one does. I think that Mr. Garor knows something that he doesn’t want anyone  else to know.’
‘So, your bringing along weapons because of a suspicion?’ Lily asked sceptically.
‘That, and because I think it’s better to have a gun, but not use it than to need a gun, but not have one. Better safe than sorry, in other words. Besides, if there really are pirates, aren’t you going to want a gun?’”

I have a few questions, regarding the second excerpt.
Is Danielle’s reasoning convincing? Have I kind of set up that Garor is not to be trusted? Would you want a gun after she said that? Please comment.

I tried hard to  get this chapter to 3K of words, and did quite well. I got the word count to about 3.6K, then decided the last 550 words of the chapter could be used in Chapter Five. So the word count for this chapter is 3040 words.
Talking of Chapter Five, take a look at this sentence.

“The large golden room echoed with screams of terrified and dying people, monstrous roars of the wild statues, and loud bangs of gunfire.”

I got goosebumps as I wrote that sentence. I don’t know why. Perhaps I had a very clear mental picture of what was happening.

By the way, I searched for the origin of April Fools Day on Wikipedia. My version wasn’t on there, but there were some others. You should check them out. They’re interesting.

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler