theageofvalor: (song of the sea)
The question was posed to me the other night of what would happen if I couldn't write anymore. Honestly, I don't know what I would do. It has become such a part of me that it would be like losing an appendage. or having my family die in a plane crash. there are so many different little personalities in my head that if they weren't there, I know I'd have such a sense of loss over it.

When I come across a time where I'm blocked or, as I am now, having trouble with the editing process, I get moments of wishing I didn't write. Yesterday as I was sitting here trying to decide my best course of action, I was questioning if it was worth it. That was my moment of a mental tamper tantrum. Once I recovered, I recognized that all the work and frustration is very much worth it.

I am in the process of rewriting the first three chapters. This involves dissecting each one and re-piecing it together like some sort of a puzzle and have it all still flow and make sense. I hate puzzles. However, I am enjoying revisiting old scenes and expanding upon some of them. I am actually getting more solid voice in my head for Merrik. This could be because I watch a lot of Robin Hood and can now envision Richard Armitage in that role.

So, back to editing I go. Just wanted to drop in and let everyone know I am still working on things, and am slowly making progress.
theageofvalor: (luella with her sword)
When I finished my first "story" at the age of sixteen, constructive criticism was not part of my vocabulary. All throughout the writing process, I had friends reading along and were constantly telling me how good it was, and not to change a thing. As someone just starting out and knowing nothing about the literary world, I was pretty impressed with myself. I thought I might have a shot at publication. Because of this praise, I sent my completed work to an aunt of mine, someone who also wrote, to take a look at. I was expecting a letter back telling me how wonderful it was. So when I got back the chapter I'd sent her, hand written, and found it marked all over the place in red with numbers, circles, and an index of corrections and comments to go with it, I was crushed.

Fast-forward about fourteen years and I'm still a little nervous about the critiquing process. I am thankful to be blessed enough to have two talented women looking my work over and giving me honest feedback. They have been able to tell me (sometimes not so gently) when things work and when they don't. They correct my atrocious grammar, point out inconsistencies, question my intent, tell me what works, what doesn't, and how I can make it better.

With the first book of the Age of Valor series completely written and already gone through three revisions, I am working closely with my trusted editors so that this will be the last revision I'll need to do before trying for publication.

When I began this process, I expected it to be something like finding the notes, correcting, and moving on to the next point in question. What I didn't expect was how draining it would be. Rearranging and redefining things...trying to make sense of the chaos I understand but my readers would not. I expected to whip right through it. To be done in a week, tops. I'm lucky to get through half a chapter a day.

This entire thing has been such a learning process, and it's been an adventure. I can't wait for this part to be over, and to see what's coming up next.
theageofvalor: (holding a jewel dragon)
Spoilers abound, so read at your own risk. )

Intro Post

Oct. 6th, 2010 01:28 pm
theageofvalor: (deceptive beauty)
Greetings and welcome to the official blog for my Age of Valor series. You're here for one of many different reasons I'm sure, and I'm glad that you are.

For those of you who may not know me, I go by D.E. Morris in the writing world. I am mainly a fantasy writer, though I do like to venture into other genres from time to time. Most of what I write has a religious thread to it, but it is not the main focus of the story.

This series started itself a long time ago. In my early twenties I wrote what I thought would be a book within the series. The second book in the series, to be exact. Not the best place to start, granted, but it was where my muse was taking me. I completed the novel in about three years and even had a publishing offer, but it was not meant to be.

Shortly after I had completed the novel, I renewed my commitment to Christ and realized what I had written was neither pleasing nor correlative with the teachings of the Bible. So the completed novel was scrapped, and I began again.

This time I began with book one, and had a solid idea for the prologue in my head. I had a small handful of characters fleshed out, wrote the prologue, then let them tell the rest of the story. Characters came, and characters died. Writing the story was emotionally exhausting at times and mentally challenging. I wanted to make sure I was keeping things in line with where God wanted me going, but also to make sure it stayed true to the story and it was not always easy.

What became of the end product was a tale of old magic, and new thirst for blood. Set in what would be Scotland, it tells of a young woman and the battle she wages to keep her people safe from tyranny and evil. It speaks of dragons and unicorns, elves and black magic. God, Jesus, and the devil are included, though given different names. There is heartache that will leave you feeling wounded, moments that will have you questioning what you believe, and times of triumph that will have you shouting for joy.

This is the Age of Valor. Thank you for following me on this ride. I hope it's as exciting for you as it has been for me so far.

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