It has now been 9 weeks since this year's Rooglewood contest was announced. And, for anyone who is interested, we have a little over 21 weeks before our stories must be in Rooglewood's inbox. Can you tell I am excited? It's hard to believe that we are over a quarter of the way into this.
For those of you who have not started, do not despair. I know multiple people who didn't start their stories until late. I think one of the winners, the first year, started quite late. And I myself was still brainstorming when August rolled around last year.
This year, however, I have some very rough first drafts to my name. And I'm tinkering away on them, trying to pull an acceptable story out of the collections of words.
Sometimes when you start writing, you uncover more elements to brainstorm. For example, in AAM, I realized I need to finalize the setting in my mind. What does her castle look like? What is the fashion for nobility? It's a little vague in my imagination, so it is a little vague on paper. And, while I don't want descriptions to take over the story, I do want readers to feel like they are "there."
How about you? Have you started writing your story yet? Have you finished a first draft? Have you uncovered more elements to brainstorm?