World of Ontyre: Special NaNo Edition 3

Because NaNoWriMo fast approaches I’ve shared how planning was the building blocks to enriching my novels. More specifically, I’m talking about planning for a fantasy novel.

Cover: CA Hawthorne ©October 2016

Cover: CA Hawthorne
©October 2016

For me that means a history, maps, an outline, and finally a draft that’s followed by multiple edits over a long period. Each step enables additional insight. In many ways the steps I mentioned are incomplete if I don’t talk about characters.

Yes, I do characters sketches, but I also let the characters live in my narrative outline that’s often dotted with snippets of dialogue, moments I don’t want to lose when they surface. I usually change them drastically, but they do help me capture the mood and gain insight into the characters.

That’s happening now as I write the narrative outline for So Others Might Remember…

To read the remainder of this post along with an excerpt from A River in Each Hand, please join me on the website HERE.

About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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