15 responses to “Caledorian Musing”

  1. Felix

    Very interesting. I’m interested in writing too, maybe starting soon. I see some of the notes turned out quite differently in the finished story.

    1. gavthorpe

      Glad to help. Often the act of writing means that the story takes a slightly different path from the one that is planned – certain scenes expand and crowd out others, while sometimes an idea or theme seems to run counter to what has developed and is dropped. Often purely practical considerations such as length and pacing require that things are changed.

      So, while a solid plan is usually a good start to successful writing, it should never be carved in stone.

  2. Schafe

    Interesting take on the story see the changes think they’re all for the better (much like the changes between other synopsis and the finished work), I may do a list of notes like this to guide my hand somewhat when working on my undoubtedly unsuccessful novel pitch for BL as it’ll keep things more ordered.

    Love to your mother.

  3. Jon Beer

    Very interesting; and may I say many thanks for continuing to post your synopsises(eses), and all your writing advice in general. It is entirely appreciated. I’m hip-deep in writing the synopsis for my first book, and yours have been instrumental in prodding me towards something which is both readable and giving publishers what they are looking to learn.

  4. RaikNaSeem

    Great news on this saga, but does anyone knows when are we going to see Malus Dark Blade Volumen 3???!!!!!

  5. Isis470

    Wow! That’s great to see a sample of the story building process. I’ve been working on a story my self but am lost in a sea of ideas this will help me on a path! The notes or ideas that didn’t make it into the story, will they be put into the next story perhaps?

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  7. Angie

    Thanks for posting this. I thought for ages I was more of a seat-of-the-pants writer, but I finally tried laying everything out first and it’s working out much better for me. It’s interesting to see how you’ve broken it up.

  8. Tim Kenyon

    This is brilliant. With BL publishing their new submission guidelines – being shown a synopsis like this is amazing. So thank you Mr. T.

    Could I be cheeky and ask if you still have a copy of Malekith’s synopsis kicking around and whether I could have a brief scan of it?

    1. gavthorpe

      There is no synopsis for Malekith… The first book was originally entitled Flames of Treachery and did not have the single character focus that was later adopted for the series. It also only convered the events directly around the civil war, with none of the foreshadowing that I’ve now included.

      So, Malekith was created by lifting a lot of the Flames of Treachery manuscript(quite a bit made it into Shadow King too – never waste anything!) and the pre-Sundering exploits of Malekith were added on to the front of the story.

  9. Archangel

    I enjoy the detail of the work, in that i can infer and imagine my own storyline just from a single line or concept.

    I also admit to a mild juvenile chukcle at “Naggarothi on Naggarothi action”.

    I can’t help but despise anything that comes with the line “How To Write…” because generally – and I speak from some experience – things like that are trash.

    I’ve been a writer for well over a decade but it has only been in the last few years I’ve taken to looking at “How To..” books and works and the thing is, they tell you alot of common sense things and alot of subjective nonsense too.


    Thats not how I saw that going 😉 But I am a fan of your work, sir, and long may that continue!

    1. gavthorpe

      Interesting point. I’ve never written Mechanical Hamster with the view that I could teach somebody to write. Writer’s write, as somebody once said. You either write or you don’t. Everybody has to find their own style and process and a writer looking to improve their craft or storytelling well do well to a) keep writing and b) seek advice and inspiration from many different sources. My posts simply provide a window into my own writing habits, and a little bit of experience of the requirements needed to be a career writer. I’ve talked to other writers and they can operate in very different ways.

      That said, for those who have the writing bug and are looking to move onward, there are techniques and means to help people order their thoughts, appraise their work and improve their writing. There is also an element of group therapy about writers talking to each other – thought processes often differ a lot but there’s a lot of commonality in the doubts, fears and hopes shared by writers. It’s good for those starting out to understand that even established writers went through (or still go through) that journey.

      1. Archangel

        I’ve never been of the “ordered mind” variety of writer; my own successes, relatively speaking, have come from a single idea that has opened flood gates – I find that I get far too bogged down in intricate details when I plan that eventually I lose focus and then lose the will to write the piece in the first place.

        Writing, like life, is a journey – as you say – and some people find it easy, others hard, and I know it to be true for published authors but unfortunately most people don’t get that perspective as – aside from “live” events – there are few opportunites to talk with such authors as alot of them appear quite aloof and distant from us mortal beings (who incidentally buy their fame for them – not that I’m bitter ;)).

        1. gavthorpe

          The amount different writers need to plan varies a lot. It can also change from project-to-project. I would say that two things are essential to make the writing part as smooth as possible: a) A firm idea of what the story is about; b) Knowing how it is going to end. Everything on top of that is just breaking down the writing into easier chunks. Like anything in life, knowing what you want to achieve makes it a lot easier to work out how to achieve it!

          1. Archangel

            Strangely, I have never had a problem with not knowing the ending.. I find that once a get a chunk of the beggining out of the way then the end usually suggests itself.

            That said, I’ve never had to write a series so endings generally are not a massive worry.

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