Elspeth Cooper

Purveyor of fine fantasy adventures

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New stuff on the website

Once upon a time, the common trappings of the fantasy novel included all kinds of end matter like a list of characters and a glossary of all the made-up words. These seem to have fallen out of fashion in recent years, but that doesn’t stop readers from asking for them.

Behold, a new section of my website, for just this sort of thing! A Guide to the World of the Wild Hunt can be found under Books in the main menu, with a handy little sub-menu for the different sections.

Don’t worry, I haven’t sacrificed any writing time for this; I started maintaining a detailed glossary for the series right after Songs of the Earth was published. It was an amazingly useful document that’s helped me keep the spelling and usage consistent across all my conlang, geography and character names, without having to learn how to build a wiki. All I had to do was split it into sections and create pages for them.

Hope you enjoy!

Note: I haven’t included any pronunciation guides for character names. I’ve always tried to make the pronunciation intuitive from the spelling, but there’s no objective truth: however a name sounds in your head when you read it, that’s the way it should be said, as far as I’m concerned. I’m not going to be precious about it. But if enough folk ask for tips, I’ll update the pages accordingly.

Further note: There may be more content to come in this new section, when I get round to maps, cataloging my deleted scenes etc. Watch this space!

From the ashes a fire shall be woken

I’ve been on a bit of a writing tear over the last few days. Since New Year’s Day, in fact. I’ve written new scenes, edited a bunch of old ones that I was not happy with, and taken a metaphorical axe to the WIP’s timeline in pursuit of better pace. And what’s more, I’ve enjoyed it.

Yes, you read that right. I’m enjoying writing again. Really enjoying it. I hate having to stop for trivial interruptions such as food and sleep, and when I do stop, I’m actually enthusiastic to get back to it.

Maybe it’s something to do with taking a bit of time off over the holidays to watch cheesy films in my jammies whilst consuming my bodyweight in mince pies. Maybe it’s the turning of the year, the lengthening of the days; traditionally, the time around the winter solstice is regarded as one of renewal and rebirth. I’m not sure what it is, but something’s happened. My mind is clear. A weight has been lifted that I’d been carrying for so long I had forgotten what it was like not to be carrying it. I’ve even started to fall back in love with writing in general and The Dragon House in particular.

I don’t know how long this is going to last, but I’m feeling confident in my ability to make swingeing changes to the book’s structure without being terrified I’m going to eff it all up. My edits are surefooted, my revisions all flow; it’s exhilarating.

I believe in myself again.

I’ve missed that feeling so much.

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