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Junk Yard Angel – In Progress

J.Y.A

Junk Yard Angel: courtesy of Jason Chan: http://www.jasonchanart.com

 

The Excitement

My body is bubbling with excitement! Why? Well I’m finally writing a novel that has been plaguing me for quite a while now. By plague I really mean plague, as in every idea I have is sucked in and eventually, somehow, falls into this story and I have to consciously steer my writing away from it. This novel seeks to infect all my ideas, its tendrils worming their way into and then around my thoughts, growing in hunger and persistence until it becomes the single source of my attention. So when a fellow writer said,

“Hey let’s hold each other accountable for the writing we do…”

this novel had already extended its miasmic vines up towards my brain, stimulated the right nerves with each twitch and tug and twinge and the words

“Yes! I will get the outline of my “probably-will-be-don’t-know-how-it-to-make-it” Steam punk novel done!” came spilling out before I was consciously aware of all the implications that that statement held; but by then, the infection had spread and was too far gone to attempt to prevent let alone eradicate it.

Spider Diagrams

I’ve spent enough time during numerous English lessons at school, learning about and how to use this extremely useful yet somewhat scattered writing gimmick that spills all of my thoughts and ideas onto an incoherent web of lines and words and arrows, all of which connect each thought to the other to weave my novella of a web. I actually have five sheets of webbed diagrams (four and a quarter really), that outline the entirety of my novel and now I am ready to let the spider out of its nest to feed upon its entangled prey; let the writing begin!

The Way Forward

Seek out a publisher? Self publishing? What will I do!? Well first I’d have to write this story out haha and so for that, and also so that you as the public and also those who follow this blog (thank you to those who are following this blog!) can hold me accountable to both the writing and then the finishing of this novel, I will look to get a gadget here that counts up the number of words written. That way that constant pressure will keep me on my toes and I am sure that my fellow writers (yes you BBC-ians!) will hold me accountable locally too.

After that I will ask that ever important question, how will I get this thing published but until then, thanks for reading and I hope you look forward to this novel as much as I am!

PS, I found the gadget, its up on the right!

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About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African published author. He has short stories appearing in both international and local anthologies, and has published his first book, Beneath the Wax, which opens his three-part novella series "Wax". He is an avid reader, blogger and writer.

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  1. Hey bud, amp’d to see how this project moes forward! Where is the artwork from?

    Reply

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