Writing Updates 2 – Untamed Voices

Week 2

Wordcount at the moment: 7500w

Chapters done: 3

State of mind:

Mood of the week


In fact, I’ve written WAY more than this. It just doesn’t appear because I’ve been busy rewriting my second chapter and the first one where my second MC – there’s two of them – appears. Getting the first draft of this chapter done wasn’t really a hardship, but rereading it (because I never start another writing session without reading first what I’ve done previously, it’s just a habit), I could tell something didn’t really work out. And when I get this niggling little voice in my head – happens quite often when I’m drafting, to be honest – I can’t go on.

So I went back to see what was the problem. I made a few changes to this chapter, but I still wasn’t satisfied. The answer finally appeared after a good swimming session – when in doubt, put your work aside and do something else, always a good recipe!

The problem was that I unconsciously saw this MC as a bit older than intended and it simply showed on the page. It can a right problem when writing a YA novel!

That’s just not on, the Doctor says

On the plus side, I was browsing the wish-lists of 2018 Pitch Wars Mentors – of course, I can’t take part in it for several reasons, but it doesn’t stop me from getting curious – and it really got me thinking about the universe I’ve created and the people in it. How they have their own culture, their own traditions and how interesting it can be to mix them all together, without of course writing a thesis about it (not the point of any fantasy novel!).

That’s all for this week… and the next two weeks, as I’m (finally!) on holiday. See you in September, folks!


Writing Updates – Untamed Voices

So, after much reading, researching and outlining (ok, that one is half a lie, I’m rubbish at plotting in advance!), the great writing journey has started a week ago.

I’ve started a thread on Twitter, as you may have seen it but I think it’ll be nice to put down my notes in this regard here as well.

First of all, what’s Untamed Voices? A project which was on the back burner for some time, slowly evolving from hazy, vague ideas into something I can really work with. Of course, it just didn’t happen with a snap of my fingers. I did some research beforehand, starting with these books.


It’s a YA fantasy as well as a one-shot. Think Fangirl meets V for Vendetta and you’ll have a basic idea of what this novel is going to be about!

I’m not going to lie, the starting point was quite difficult since *obviously* it has been some time since I’ve written fiction in English. Besides, I’m working on another project (in French, this time) at the same time. It explains why I’m not going to write at a very quick pace!

That being said, I’m quite proud to have written a bit more than 4,000 words in a week and to have finished one chapter! At this stage, the excitement of starting a novel and finally meeting the characters you’ve dreamed about for so long hasn’t yet waned. Of course, I’m already in love with my two MCs (which doesn’t imply I’m going to spare them… on the contrary!)

As a bonus, I give you the #ThursdayAesthetic board of this week (devoted to the MC’s home) with a little excerpt!

 “Stuart loved his castle with all his heart, and it was in moments like these that its beauty shone the most. High, thick walls whose pale bricks glowed red and orange with the sunset lights; Sturdy wooden doors firmly closed and bolted…”