WIP Moodboard: The Wolves of the Far North

I love moodboards and aesthetics, okay? Going to call myself out right away, because you’ll probably see a lot more of these.

But they’re not just nice to look at – they can be really useful, too! When you only have a handful of images to convey your idea, you really have to think about what elements are important, how they express the look or capture the overall tone. Each image you choose is important.

And since I’m in the middle of edits for this novel, I figured it would be a good creative exercise to condense the concept behind it into only 9 images.

If you don’t know, The Wolves of the Far North is the novel I finished at the beginning of this year and I finally started my first round of edits this summer. It’s a YA fantasy novel, about two sisters who are rivals competing for membership in an elite group of warriors that protect their village, and what happens to that elite group, their village, and their relationship with each other when the South invades their territory.

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5 Songs from My Writing Playlist: The Wolves of the Far North

Doing something a little different for this little listicle. If you’re new here, hello! I’m Alyssa, your host, an author of fantasy and science fiction, and I felt like sharing a little more about my work in progress today.

Since the middle of last year, I’ve been writing a YA High Fantasy I’ve tentatively titled The Wolves of the Far North. I go into it a lot more in this post where I explain the plot and where the idea came from, so I’m not going to rehash it here. But I will say that it’s a Nordic-inspired fantasy about the rivalry between two sisters fighting for the honour to join the same order of warriors. It has lots of strange, natural magic, deep culture and lore because that stuff is so much fun, and takes place in a harsh cold climate. It’s so different from anything I’ve written before and it’s been so much fun to explore worldbuilding on a much smaller scale.

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Building the Far North: How I Build a Fictional World

When I started this series of blog posts on worldbuilding, I gave a fairly brief introduction of how I defined it, why it was important, and how I go about the process, and then I attempted to create a worksheet based around that.

Of course, up until that point no such worksheet existed. It was a method that existed only in my mind. And the worksheet was an attempt to distill that process into a few simple questions that would hopefully work the same for anyone who happened to use it.

But how did I know it actually worked?

Naturally, the next logical step would be to use it myself. How better to explain my process than with a page by page demonstration using the worksheet I created?

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Meet my WIP: The Wolves of the Far North

In my last post, I discussed some of the things I learned while writing my most recent draft, and I realized I had yet to formally introduce it on this space.

Just in case you were unaware, I am an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy as well as a writer of fiction, and for the last 8 months I’ve been working on a fantasy novel of my own that I am tentatively calling The Wolves of the Far North.

Aesthetic Board for my WIP The Wolves of the Far North

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5 Things I’ve Learned After Finishing a First Draft

Today, January 28th, 2019, I finished the first draft of my work-in-progress, The Wolves of the Far North. At long last. To be fair, the title of this post is a tiny bit misleading. While this is the first draft of my current wip, it’s actually the second draft I’ve ever finished.

But that is neither here nor there.

What matters is that this book was different. This was my the first time I sat down with the intention of writing a draft that I would one day query. It was the start of a journey, and it carried a certain weight and responsibility before that I’d never had to deal with.

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What Happens When You Spend Too Long on a Draft?

If you’ve ever attempted to write a novel, or anything of that magnitude, you’ll know it ain’t easy. Creating is a process. And sometimes that process takes a long time. It can feel never ending – a constant loop of recreation that never seems to satisfy you. You see the potential, but you just can’t seem to make it work. So you keep working at it, slowly carving away and reforming it into something that resembles that vision you had. But as many writers will tell you, it is entirely possible that you have spent too long on it.

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