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Day of the Divided Draft | The Last

Good day one & all!

This was supposed to post earlier, but I forgot to schedule it for the 31st. Luckily the mistake has been caught. And it comes to you now 🙂

The title of this post is a little ominous isn’t it. But it’s not what you think. Or maybe it is.

Perhaps you’re thinking that I am giving up on the WIP that has driven me for the past 10 years.

Perhaps you’re thinking that these posts are to be forever discontinued — after all, they’ve been on hiatus for quite some time.

Perhaps you’re thinking that I’m giving up on writing completely.

If you think any of the above, be assured none are true — though the 2nd does have its merits.

No, the truth is, I am calling this THE LAST of the Day of the Divided Draft posts because from this day forward, I will be referring to my WIP by its chosen name, one that was established 10 years ago. One that I have no intention of giving up.

Why am I sharing this now? Why not earlier?

Well, I’m glad you asked 😉

For those of you who have followed me thus far, you know that the Divided Draft is a term I coined to refer to my WIP as I recently undertook the arduous task of splitting my manuscript in half. This decision was not made lightly. In fact, it was one I only undertook after some months of heavy consideration. In the end, I realized that the story was too large for one novel. It had already been planned as the first in a larger series, but it still didn’t justify the overstuffed plot.

It’s been a good nine months since I made that decision and I’ve been working on it ever since. There had to be a lot of new writing to fill up this rejuvenated first book and the month of November I took off to write a whole new book because I felt myself falling into a slump. Best decision I ever made doing NaNoWriMo — but more on that in a moment.

Anyway, this past Monday (March 29th at 5:25pm) I finally finished the latest draft, thus completing for the first time this new version of my first book. And so it seems apropos to finally name it.

Are you anxious to know it yet? Well, here it comes…


Wow. That feels liberating. And yet scary.

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I don’t know if this is the big announcement some of you were expecting. I hope it doesn’t come as a disappointment.

The other point I need to mention is that this April I’ll be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. My goal is to finish a last edit of this book. With 134k words to go through, I’m expecting a lot of work, but I am also really excited to get started! I have a brilliant cabin of talented writers to support me on the way — thank you Mollie 🙂 . I love the idea of encouraging each other through our individual projects. I mentioned how NaNoWriMo really reinvigorated my writing during a slump and I hope to find the same inspiration in April to help me reach my ultimate 2016 goal: being published 🙂

I’m all set for tomorrow. I have the day off work, but I’ll be busy with some family matters so I’m not sure when I can schedule my editing. With 134k to go in 3o days I’m looking at an average of 4,466.7 words a day of revision….

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Well, not really. I have a very specific way of editing, but that’s a topic for tomorrow’s post.

I don’t have much else to say except that I’m hoping to post every day about how my progress is going. I’ll try to make it fun and interactive, but please forgive me if I fail in both regards.

I’ll just leave you with one more thing. The premise that got me a query request:

As a pirate, Keira’s horizons are endless. But when evil threatens her ocean home, Destiny wields her as its sword to fight it.

Okay, one more thing…

After stumbling upon a sunken ship, Keira, a young pirate marked by her purple eyes, discovers a destiny beyond her imagining. Now, she must learn to embrace powers bestowed upon her by the gods in order to combat the growing evil that threatens the freedom of her ocean home.

That’s a bit of a longer logline. 😉

Now I’m really done!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink





The Author’s Oracle Part One

Hi everyone,

A lot has happened since last week! First, I finally finished this large edit of Divided Draft! I capped off the revision at 134k. I’m working on a post to talk more about this on Thursday.

In the meantime, I thought it would be a good idea to catch up on blog posts and tags so I’m turning to this one that the truly inspirational Holly tagged me in a while back – a month ago… -!

You should check out her original post HERE!

And then peruse the rest of her site, because Holly is one of those talented writers who is also full of great insight and wisdom. She has so much experience and she has much knowledge to impart if you’re willing to learn 🙂

Now to the Author’s Oracle Part One 😀

0. The Fool: Which of your characters is the most intuitive?  The worst decision-maker?

Red is definitely the most intuitive. He’s the voice of reason on a ship filled with hotheads. Sean and Keira both have a tendency to be terrible decision-makers. Stubborn fools that they are 😉

I. The Magician: What character, location, or object has the most positive influence in your story?

That would be Tomrin. He’s a real optimist and always looks for ways to make light of really tense situations. He also has some of the best lines, in my humble opinion:

“How have I deserved such friendship?”
“It helps that you’re a pretty thing.” Tom suggested with a wink.

II . The High Priestess:  Do any of your characters have very strong beliefs?

Some do. Mostly those who will aid Keira on her journey. I would name names, but that might spoil. There are some whose faith is so strong, they’re willing to sacrifice their own lives to ensure Keira’s success.

III.  The Empress:  Who is your biggest supporter?  Give them a little love, here.

I have too many! My sister is one. She encourages me every day & knows how to fuel my confidence when I’m down.

Then I have so many blogging & Twitter friends: Al, Kayleigh, Mollie, Holly, Sarina, Kristi, Sara Beth. I am blessed to have their support ❤

There are so many others too, and I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone. If I have, please forgive me. Honestly, you are all inspirations ❤

IV.  The Emperor:  Do you outline or plan?  (You know … plotter or pantser…)

Oh I am a big plotter now! The first draft of my WIP was one written when I was 16 without any knowledge of what it means to write a story other than that it must have a beginning, middle & end. Ten years later and that book has now been divided in 2 and still has 1 good edit left in it before it’s ready to be published.

So yes, I plan ahead:)

V.  The Hierophant:  What do you feel is your most valuable piece of writing advice?

That the first draft doesn’t have to be perfect. Actually, scratch that. It SHOULDN’T be perfect, unless you are a true prodigy! The first draft is just meant to be you telling the story in your heart. The editing is when the magic happens, when the strongest story comes out of the tangled mess of ideas. Of course, that’s just my opinion.

VI.  The Lovers:  Which of your characters follow their heart?  Is it for the right reasons?

I like to think that most of my characters follow their heart. Of course, that makes some of them selfish, some of them stubborn, some of them foolish, and some of them compassionate. Of everyone, I think that Red follows his heart the closest. He’s really the heart of the ship as I mentioned before.

VII.  The Chariot:  Tell us about the first “darling” you ever “killed”.

The first darling I ever killed was a woman named Narca. She was in my original draft and somewhere around the fifth edit, I decided that there was no place for her in my story. So she disappeared as if she had never been there.

Funny story: in this latest revision, she came back. How’s that for resurrection? 😉

VIII.  Strength:   What do you feel your greatest creative strength is?

The premise. I come up with great ideas. Delivering on them… well, it takes times.

IX.  The Hermit:  Can you write in coffee shops or other busy places, or do you need quiet?

I can write anywhere. Anytime. I actually love going to coffee shops to write. A lot of this draft was worked out at a Starbucks near my house. I can’t do perfect quiet either. I always need music or something in my ear. Or so I tell myself.

X.  The Wheel of Fortune:  Do you have a set routine or schedule?

Most days, my writing happens at night, only because I work from 7:00am to 4:00pm-ish. But I have no set schedule as it is. Except Mondays when I go to a coffee shop to write from 9:00am to 1:00pm. That’s the only set routine I have.

XI.  Justice:  What’s the biggest consequence that your main character will have to face?  (If it spoils the plot, feel free to be vague.)

She’ll have to do something to someone to achieve something else.

I don’t think that’s vague 🙂

XII.  The Hanged Man:  What sacrifices do you make for writing time?  Or, what must your main character be willing to choose between?

I don’t like to think of it as a sacrifice. Writing is my passion; when I don’t do my writing, that’s what I’m sacrificing. Is that wrong? ;P

To the second part: she must choose between [SPOILER] and [SPOILER]

XIII.  Death:  What do you do after you’ve finished a project?

As I’m currently in this state, I can answer honestly: catch up on social media, especially my fairly abandoned blog 😛

XIV. Temperance:  Please share your best tested & proven tip for balancing writing and “the rest”:

This doesn’t exist in my life.Oh how I wish it did.

Any advice would be warmly welcomed. At the moment, I just go with the flow. Don’t fight it. Accept that some things are out of your control.

I guess that’s my tip.

XV.  The Devil:  Everyone has a nasty habit they can’t shake.  What’s your main character’s?

Making rash decisions in a flash. She’s fairly stubborn and acts impulsively.

XVI.  The Tower:  Have you ever had to scrap an entire project and start over?  How did it feel?  Were you frustrated, sad … relieved?

This divided draft is about as close as I’ve come to scrapping a project. Fortunately, it was more like dividing to conquer, building on foundations. It was intimidating at the start and many times I almost broke away, but now that I’m here and it’s done… well, I feel elated!

XVII.  The Star:  What is your favorite part of starting a new project?  New notebook smell?  Getting to know the characters? Building the plot?

All of the above 🙂 But especially discovering new characters and the story that they have to share.

XVIII.   The Moon:  What’s the biggest lie that your main character is telling themselves?

The biggest lie Keira keeps telling herself is that she has to prove to Sean that she is capable of more than he gives her credit for. The truth is [SPOILER].

XIX.  The Sun:  Do you have any themes, symbols or objects which come full circle in your work?

Many. Keira’s eyes are a recurring theme especially. I’m actually really proud of how I’ve framed my narrative from beginning to end. But that’s all I’ll say on that.

XX.  Judgement: Do your characters get what they deserve?  Why or why not?

At the end of this book, some are more fortunate than they should be. And one person met a fate that they did not fully deserve. To tell you more would be to spoil a major plot point.

I think it all evens itself out by the end 🙂

XXI.   The World: At what point did you know that you had to write this project?

When I first sat down to write it at 16, I was excited to be working on this project. I had written an assignment and was so inspired. I knew I had to write it then. And I did!

It was my first full written novel — I’d tried unsuccessfully twice before to do it. That final success just cemented it and it’s what has kept me from giving up on it in the past ten years. Because it was then that I realized it was a story that had to be told!

I hope that makes sense!

I really loved answering these questions and if you haven’t been tagged to do it yet, please do! Just let me know in the comments once you have so I can check out your answers 🙂

In the meantime, please go check out HollyYou’ll be better off for it, promise 😉

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,


Faith quill-ink

This Week in Review | Divided Draft Edition

Good Morning Everyone,

I was really hoping that the next time I came here to post I would be able to say:


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As it were, I’m still wading through the waters and growing ever more aware that the next edit is going to be a rough one… alas!

So the truth is:


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But all hope is not lost. And my spirits are still extremely high.

I’ve really neglected my blog these last few weeks, only sporadically posting for which I really should apologize. I’ve meant to post more than I have but with work & trying to finish these edits, I’ve been struggling to stay on top of everything. Oh well, I’m only human.

That said, I know that this draft will be done before the end of March. I’ve gotten to a place where I know for sure where my new ending has to go and most of it is already written. I’m hoping another 10k will cover it because right now I’m at 113k …oh how the knife is going to fall in the next editing round (that’s my Camp NaNoWriMo goal so this revision needs to be done before April 1st). I might need to invest in a solid axe…

Anyway, I’m just itching to be done this draft so I can start my last editing before passing on to beta readers. Yes, you read that right. Beta Readers 🙂

On a good note, I pitched my story recently and was asked to send a query, so I’m kind of excited — nay! jumping up and down — over that. I’ve been thinking of indie publishing, but if I can pursue a traditional course, I might just try.

Here’s a question for you : would you consider indie publishing or are you more for the traditional publishing route?

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink

The Playlist Shuffle Tag | Divided Draft Edition

Hi all!

I’ve been a little overwhelmed with work and beta-reading and writing these days, but I wanted to post something today. Luckily, Claire at Art and Soul tagged me to do this fun little activity! She has an amazing blog and you should definitely check out her writing, book reviews and recipes!

THE RULES: are simple! Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating) then tag 10 others to do it as well.

Since today’s the Day of the Divided Draft, I’ll keep my focus on the playlist I use to inspire me when I’m writing. Here goes!

  1. Thousand Eyes by Of Monsters and Men: one of my favourite songs off their new album, this is constantly playing when I’m writing epic scenes of Divided Draft.
  2. O Children by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One of my favourite bands and one of my favourite songs! So profoundly moving! It is one of my inspiring tracks.
  3. Theme from Black Sails by Bear McCreary: I adore the soundtrack from this TV series. Actually, anything Bear McCreary touches is gold in my eyes 🙂 Considering that I’m working on a pirate novel, this is the perfect ambient sound to get me writing!
  4. Chevaliers de Sangreal by Hans Zimmer: Musical scores are abundant on my iPod. While the Da Vinci Code is not my favourite movie, this beautiful piece of music is one of my favourite pieces of Zimmer’s. The gradual build-up always manages to help my creativity soar in time.
  5. This Time I Won’t Forget by Kongos: Kongos’ album Lunatic is such a brilliant collection of fresh sounds. One of those albums that I love to listen to on repeat. This song is perfect as it invokes Celtic reminiscence.
  6. At the Beginning by Donna Lewis and Richard Marx: Anastasia is at the top of my favourite animated non-Disney films. Whenever this song plays, I get all nostalgic. What more, it fits seamlessly with a pairing in one of my fantasy series 😉
  7. Time by Hans Zimmer: Inception is one of those films that leaves your head spinning years after you’ve watched it. The score that Zimmer created for it is just as dizzying. This piece is just magical, though very reminiscent of Chevaliers (see #4). The soft entrance that build to an orchestral peak. Creative bliss!
  8. Breath of Life by Florence + the Machine: Florence is my idol! I have all her albums, all her songs. I just adore her music, her sound, her voice! This isn’t my favourite song, but that’s like saying that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire isn’t my favourite book in the series. Still amazing!
  9. Hero Heroine by Boys Like Girls: I used to be obsessed with Boys Like Girls. They were the opening act when I went to see Hedley in concert and the next morning I had downloaded all of their eponymous album — I think I just found my Wordly Wise Wednesday inspiration for next week. This song is still one of my favourites, and in another life I made an OTP video to it for Evie and Rick from the Mummy. 😉
  10. All of the Stars by Ed Sheeran: my Mom bought me X (deluxe edition) last Christmas and I adore it a bit too much. This is such a gorgeous song. I know that it’s from The Fault in our Stars but I haven’t watched it. All I know is that this song makes me sappy.
  11. Flaws by Bastille: Oh, this song! When I hear it, I think of Sean. Every time I write from his POV, this is one of the songs that plays to inspire me through.
  12. Ghosttown by Madonna: I don’t have many Madonna songs on my iPod. The only other one is Like a Prayer. This song has grown on me and it earned a place on my playlist as it well-suited a scene that I was writing the other day.
  13. Rivers and Roads by the Head and the Heart: This song always manages to inspire me. I enjoy most of the songs off their debut album. This one always makes me one to take a road trip and just drive until I reach the World’s End.
  14. Pompeii by Bastille: Whenever this song plays, I just want to get up on my feet and dance. It’s such a great piece. I guess you can tell I kind of love this band as it’s the second one of theirs on this list 😉
  15. Into the Open Air by Julie Fowlis: I don’t know where to start on this song. The Celtic tune, the profound lyrics that resonate so well in describing the father-daughter relationship shared by Sean and Keira. Also, Brave is such a beautiful film and Merida such an empowered heroine. Always manages to give me chills 🙂

I guess that’s it! I know most bloggers I follow have been tagged, but if you’ve been missed & would enjoy doing this sort of thing, please do.

Remember to check out Claire’s amazing blog at Art and Soul 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

WIP Saturday | Character Tag

Hello one & all!

Holly Evans has tagged me again 🙂 It’s such a delight to read about her projects. She has a lot of talent and you should… nay, must… check out her blog here 🙂

I have to apologize again for being rather lax on my posts. This revision of the Divided Draft is taking more out of me than I expected. I need to devote more time to it if I want to hit my publication deadline of this year. My goal is to post at least once  a week on my blog and to keep up to date with those blogs that I follow. I can keep to that at least.

Excuses out of the way, let’s get to some WIP sharing, shall we?

Give us the rundown of some of your main characters. 

There are two main characters in Divided Draft:

Keira – our story’s protagonist. An 18 year old girl who has been raised by parents since first orphaned ten years before. She has a strong heart and a stubborn attitude. She longs for freedom to make her own choices and live her own life and to be viewed for the strength she possesses, to not be taken for granted.

Sean – the captain of the Diamond Heart. He is Keira’s guardian and knows more about her fate than he lets on. He wants to protect her, but his stubborness often leads him to clash with her. His own past is dark one, marked by tragedy and loss.

 Who’s your favourite and why? 

It’s always going to be Keira, because she was the first character I really created that I connected to. She is everything I wish I could be, with a few of my flaws. She often takes me by surprise and I love moments when she takes action that even I wasn’t expecting.

Who’s the most difficult to write and why?

I think Sean’s the most difficult to write, only because getting into his head is getting into a whole big mess that I sometimes feel is bigger than myself. He has a lot of baggage and a lot of knowledge. It takes a lot more effort to delve into his mind than Keira’s.

If you could choose one to spend the day with in real life, who would you choose and why?

Keira because I feel that we would be great friends and that she could teach me a lot about becoming stronger and tougher and facing down my fears.

Pick one and answer the following:

What’s their basic description? Physical appearance, job, etc.

Keira stands at about 5’5 with curly chestnut hair and purple eyes. She is a pirate by trade, though she’s often blocked from taking as much action as she wants by Sean.

What are their views on love?

Nothing really significant. For her early life, she knew she was loved by her parents, but after their death, she lost any real contact with the motion. She cares for people and know they care about her. But she’s never known love in any other sense.

What are their religious views?

The land where she lives is ruled by one god, but she does not believe in him. She believes in freedom and creating her own destiny.

How do they feel about death?

Keira doesn’t often consider death. She’s still young and sees a long life for herself. That changes when she discovers that she must stop the threat over her ocean home. Suddenly Death is a constant shadow that she must escaoe.

What’s their approach to food and cooking?

It’s not much of an important matter for Keira. She eats what’s available. Fish is a necessity.

What’s their place in the world?

At first, she is inferior to many, living aboard a ship with men who see her as a child and so treat her as such. Her real place is far more complicated. She is of the utmost importance to the world’s existence.

What’s their big dream?

Keira’s only dream is to be free, to live life according to her own rules, to sail the Oceans Six without any one to hinder her.

How did they come about?

I’ve mentioned it before, but Keira began as part of the idea for that short story I had to write in school. Fun Fact: her name in the first draft was Leia. Then I stumled across the name Keira and realized it suited her much better 🙂

If you were to ship them with another character, yours or someone else’s, who and why?

Oooh, tough question. I’d actually have to say that I would ship her with Tom. He’s a minor character on the ship who acts like an older brother. If things were different, I would have shipped them together because they have such great chemistry. But things are the way they are 🙂

Finally, if you can, share some lines or a snippet focused on this character!

I’ve shared a few lines about Keira already, but never dialogue. Here’s her first conversation with Sean:

“I was expecting you sooner.”

Sean took a deep breath to suppress his bristling anger as he came to tower over the chestnut-haired girl. He despised her ability to touch upon his nerves, but he could not fault her for it. Ten-and-eight, she had more spirit than many women twice her age. It was a product of the unorthodox lifestyle she had been raised into, a lifestyle she had not chosen to embrace, a lifestyle she had learned to adore.

“If you expect to be found, Keira, why do you even bother leaving?”

A shrug deformed her shoulders. She uncrossed her legs, her boots hovering inches above the water. “Because I like to see you cringe.”


Well, I guess that’s it for now 🙂

If you want to answer these questions for yourself, please do 🙂 And don’t forget to let me know if you do 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

© 2016. Faith Rivens.

This Week in Review | The Eleventh

Hi everyone,

Being lax with blogging the past week has been hard. It’s been great to get ahead in writing, but I’ve felt a tad bit guilty for slacking off all the same. I might do the same this week, just because I’m so close to being done this draft, and I really need to hit the February 15th deadline that I’ve set for myself. We’ll see, I guess.

I’ve still managed to get a bit done this past week. Here are the highlights!

What I Read:

I finished Neil Gaiman’s Fables and Reflections, the seventh volume in the Sandman graphic novel series. It was a truly fantastical read, each short story an elegant and magical tale weaving familiar faces with new interpretations. Neil Gaiman is a true genius of storytelling and Morpheus is a fascinating character whose humanity shines through his divinity. Though he takes the background in most of these tales, allowing secondary characters to move into the spotlight, his brief appearances dazzle. My favourite stories were: Thermidor, The Song of Orpheus & Ramadan.

I also completed the fourth installment in the Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer: Be Careful What You Wish For. This novel also marks my tenth read of 2016! Only 90 to go… I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series thus far, and am constantly amazed by Archer’s ability to write page-turning scenes. This book was not my favourite, however. The story is meant to center around the Clifton and Barrington families, but I found that this story spent too much time centered around other characters. A major tragedy affects the family around the halfway mark, but most of the perspectives that were brought up afterwards didn’t allow for any demonstration of the emotional consequences of the family’s loss. As always, Archer closes out this book with a great cliffhanger that has my fingers itching for the next one.

I have also started to read my ARC copy of EVO Shift, KJ Chapman’s follow-up to EVO Nation. So far, it is just as exhilarating as the first. I can’t wait to finish it and share my review with all of you. In the meantime, you should check out KJ HERE! 🙂

What I Watched:

Oh so very little once again. I only got one movie in this week: Chocolat. It’s a favourite of my family’s and it’s probably the fifth time we’ve watched it. Juliette Binoche is such a brilliant actress and she plays this small fable with all the charm that one can hope for. Johnny Depp, though in a small role, manages to steal his scenes and plays out at Binoche’s equal. The best part of the film, besides all the decadent chocolate imagery, is Rachel Portman’s score. Women are a rarity in the composition of big studio film scores, but Portman proves that she has a talent for creating vibrant pieces that evoke mystery and whimsy. Beautiful cinematography 🙂

I also have to point out a truly funny video that I watched on Youtube from James Corden’s show. I don’t know if any of you have ever seen his carpool videos. The one with Adele was just perfection. This week, he did one with Chris Martin. It had me in stitches. James Corden is just brilliant 🙂 I love him so much. You should really check out the video. Warning: it’s 15 minutes worth of procrastination!

What I Listened To:

As always, I’ve had an earful of music, so I’ll point out three songs/albums that I especially love this week 🙂

  1. Sail by Awolnation: This has been one of my favourite songs for some time, ever since I first heard it back in 2011. It has such a driving beat. It’s a great song to get pumped to and inspires me particularly when writing action sequences.
  2. This is Acting by Sia: I haven’t bought the album yet, but I’ve been listening to it constantly on Spotify. Sia has to be one of my favourite artists. She has a beautiful and unique voice and writes truly remarkable songs. Alive and Bird Set Free are especially empowering songs that speak to Keira.
  3. Fix You by Coldplay: I am a huge fan of Coldplay’s older albums. The more recent ones haven’t caught my ear as much. I’ve been listening to a few of their songs on repeat, but Fix You is definitely one of my favourite songs of theirs and of all time. It fits so weel for the Divided Draft as well!

What Inspired Me:

Someone shared this passage with me, and I wanted to share it in turn:

“Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.”

– Pedro Arrupe, SJ (Nov 14, 1907 — Feb. 5, 1991)

Whether or not you believe in God and wish to apply its meaning here, I believe the important message is to define yourself by your love. I know my love is God. But my love is also writing and so I embrace that love and apply to my life everyday. I pursue my storytelling and my life is better for it! It is my happiness.

I hope that you may know your Love, that you know your Happiness. Always embrace that and pursue it with your whole heart. Life will be a more fulfilled experience if you do 🙂


May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

WIP Wednesday…err…Thursday…

Hparchment-1148173i everyone!

I didn’t think I’d be posting again until next week, but my ear is feeling better and I felt that this would be a great opportunity to devote today’s Day of the Divided Draft to a tagged post started by the extremely talented Holly Evans. You should, nay must, check her out at her blog!

You can check out the full list of questions as well as Holly’s answers over HERE!

I’ve been tagged in two other posts. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about them. I’ll get to those ASAP, promise. This tag just suited my usual post for the day 🙂

This might be a bit of a long one.

How many works in progress do you have in Progress?

How many? I have quite a few, but I’ve narrowed my focus this year to six, so that’s what I’m saying. But let’s just say that I have three binders full of ideas that range from a premise lines to full outlines.

Tell Us About Them!

Well, first there’s my to-be-published book of the year: Divided Draft which is a pirate fantasy novel that revolves around the destiny of a young girl Keira. It’s part of a planned quartet.

Then there are my three scripts: one’s a family drama, one’s a drama thriller & one is a dark adaptation of Cinderella. The second one has reached quarterfinals in a few competitions, which is kind of exciting 🙂

Then there’s Heritage, my 2015 NaNoWriMo work which I’m hoping to do a good edit of by the end of the year and have it published in the next. It’s the story of a grandmother and her granddaughter on an adventure of discovery.

Finally, there’s a second fantasy series that I’ve been building. Another planned quartet, it’s set in the same fictional universe as the Divided Draft. The first book is titled The Morning Fog at present. Probably will change. It’s about a woman who endangers the stability of a kingdom for love. It’s more exciting than it sounds. I’m just keeping it under my belt for now 😉

Who’s Your Favourite Character from your Projects?

Definitely Divided Draft‘s Keira.

Don’t Hold Back, Tell Us About Said Character

Okay. I will 😉

Keira’s a fierce and stubborn girl raised by pirates with a vibrant spirit. She strives for independence and to make her mark on the world and doesn’t shy away from challenges. Her greatest love is the ocean and she desires nothing more than to be able to sail free over the seas.

She can also be a bit reckless and as a sharp-tongue that often inflicts more wounds than necessary. She knows how to hold a grudge. But she can also be loyal and true to those who treat her the same.

A remarkable trait of hers are her purple eyes which can see further than any other.

There is a great destiny that hovers over her, one that she must slowly come to terms with, as a growing evil threatens the ocean world she calls home.

How Did This Project Come About?

It started as a school assignment when I was in Secondary Three (Grade 9). I was fifteen at the time and wrote a short story on the prompt ‘water’. What I wrote became the basis of the prologue. I was so inspired by the story and had already tried and failed to write a full novel twice before. By the end of the year I had written a complete first draft. It hardly looks the same as it did back then, but the premise and heart of it are the same.

What’s the best part of  this project for you? Which bit do you most enjoy?

After writing my first draft, I gave the story to my sister to read and she pointed out that two characters have a great relationship that develops so naturally between them – it wasn’t something I had been aiming for and hadn’t brought to completion. She insisted that I make it for pronounced. Discovering that she was right was a rewarding experience. I believe that the best stories have characters who are vivid and flawed, who make mistakes and grow accordingly. I love how through the various drafts, I’ve come to uncover more characters hiding behind the scenes, who needed more of a voice. I loved focusing more on the relationship that my sister had seen and giving my characters more room and opportunity to let it come into the light.

Share something from the project with us! A favourite line, a scene, something you feel comfortable with. 

Here’s a little excerpt from the prologue (yes, prologue!) of The Divided Draft.

A stray cannonball hurtled through the walls of the cabin, narrowly missing the bed where Keira was hidden. Water followed in its wake, flooding the room.

Petrified, Keira threw back the covers. She cried out as she never had before at the sight of water rising rapidly around her. Driven by the need to save herself, Keira disregarded her mother’s words and made a wild dash for the door.

Her fingers barely brushed the frame when the wall of the cabin gave way, and a cascade of water captured Keira in its grasp. She screamed again and her mouth filled with the taste of the sea.

Keira struggled, frantically kicking her legs and flailing her arms in an effort to keep her head above the water. The attempt proved exhausting and altogether too much for her small limbs to endure. Relinquishing, she sank beneath the surface.

At that moment, Keira could only reflect on the profound love she had always bestowed upon the ocean and wonder why it would not return that love, why it would not let her live. It was supposed to be her friend, not her enemy, and yet here she was, drowning in its arms.

As the water enclosed her in its suffocating grip, Keira’s mind slipped in and out of consciousness. The eeriness of the cold, dark depths scared, yet somehow calmed her. She would soon be one with the sea; then her fears would disappear completely.

We’ve done happy positive stuff, so tell us, what’s the most difficult part of this project?

If you’ve been following my journey, you know that I recently made the decision to divide the project in two. While the best choice, it’s also the hardest thing I’ve had to do. I’m still working through the re0rganizing and it’s taking longer than expected. But I’m still staying positive about it. It’s an arduous task, but my story’s better for it. I think. I hope. I know!

What do you feel is the weakest point of this project?

I think there might be too much thinking and not enough action. I tend to like writing in deep POV, getting into Keira’s head, but I’ve found in my edits that I get bogged down in them. I’m learning to be lean, but it’s definitely what drags my story down the most.

Now what’s the strongest point?

I think my characters are. My protagonist and major supporting characters all have well-defined arcs and grow throughout the novel’s progression. I’d like to think that people will love them as much as I do.

Who will this project appeal to?

Hopefully lovers of fantastical works. I’m no Tolkien or Martin, but I hope that people will be intrigued by the world I’ve created. It should also appeal to people who enjoy adventure stories and character pieces. It’s PG rated (maybe PG 13 at times), so audience wise, it isn’t specifically child or adult intended. I like to see the Divided Draft as Harry Potter meets Pirates of the Caribbean, in the humblest sense possible, of course!

What are your plans for this project?

Publication this year. Traditional or self. Whichever is more plausible. *fingers crossed*

Which project/s will you work on next?

Once Divided Draft is ready to be released, I’ll turn my focus on my three scripts. They shouldn’t take me long to do a final edit on. After that, I’ll edit Heritage and start re-working the sequel to Divided Draft. PHEW! I’ll be busy, but I’ll be creating and that’s where my bliss lies!

Most people I know have already been tagged, but if you haven’t and would like to, I’d love to hear about your WIP. If you do decide to answer the questions above, let me know so I can check out your post.

A special call out to:







No pressure, of course ladies 😉 Just want to give you the opportunity!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

© 2016. Faith Rivens.


Day of the Divided Draft | Deep Editing

Hi everyone,

This is more of an apologetic post than anything. I’ve fallen behind in my editing stages and I’m devoting the next few days to trying to catch up. Which means that I might fall a little silent on the blog front. I’ll try to respond when I can, but I might not be as consistent as I should. So please forgive my absence.

In the meantime, here’s a little snippet that I worked on recently:

The first thing Keira noticed when she reached the open air was the deep cerulean of the cloudless sky above. Wide and expansive, she perceived it as a taunting reminder of endless potentials and horizons, an ideal she had sorely longed for once, a dream that was no longer within her grasp.

Sorry for the rather lacklustre post. I’m hoping to have my short fiction up tomorrow.

Best of luck with all your writing pursuits.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

© 2016. Faith Rivens.

Day of the Divided Draft | P.O.V

Good Day All!

Another Thursday means another progress report on my current WIP: the Divided Draft. It’s been a fairly productive week of edits, cleaning up some extraneous vocabulary and cleaning up some cringe-worthy dialogue. I’ve been paying special attention to any lingering plot holes that should have been cleaned up by now. For the most part, my issue with this current revision is less plot oriented, focused instead on grammatical and linguistic clarity. If that makes sense.

This week, however, I have also come to be mindful of my POVs. Told in third person, my narrative jumps between two main perspectives. The first, is that of the story’s heroine/protagonist: Keira. The second is that of an important secondary character introduced in the last post: Sean. When I first wrote the story, it was all written in Keira’s perspective – always third person – but in a later edit, I realized that the story needed Sean’s perspective too. Or so I believed.

Reading through it now, I’m less certain. Having Sean’s perspective adds to the mystery that guides the first act, and lends needed characterization, but there’s something bothering me about it now that never niggled at my mind before. My sister is reading my first two chapters at the moment to give me her insight, but it’s troubling me enough to wonder if I should gage someone else’s perspective…

Which brings up two questions:

1st, what is your favourite pov to write in?

2nd, would you be interested in beta-reading just the first two or three chapters of my story–if I decide I need a second opinion? Let me know 🙂

Here’s a small excerpt from what I worked on this week:

The woman bid her to look to the ocean.

The waters were dark and unfathomable, though the moon and stars were well reflected upon them, their light no more diminished in this mirrored image. They were the only entities Keira could perceive in the black ink of the ocean.

Squinting, she willed her eyes to break the obscurity and see what waited beneath the surface.

Nothing. There was nothing. Frustrated with her inability to see, Keira felt her stability waver. She reached for the woman, but found only empty air. There was no one for her to grab to.

Keira teetered and then fell, her body curving without grace.

The ocean enveloped her, cold and murky, and she sank into it, not unlike the way she had ten years before. Through the gloom that surrounded her, Keira caught sight of a shadowy figure. Her heart leapt with excitement at the sight of the sunken ship resting upon a protrusive rock structure.


May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

© 2016. Faith Rivens.


Day of the Divided Draft | Scene Cards

Hi everyone,

This week has brought quite a bit of progress through my in-depth edits of my current WIP: Divided Draft. At the moment, I’m grappling with issues in pacing and plot progression. A lot of it has been cleaned up, but since dividing it, I need to make sure that this new 1st book is coherent outside of the larger arc. So far, so good 🙂

As I’m going through my chapters and scenes, I’ve been taking notes on index cards. It’s been a brilliant asset to me so far, helping me to keep track of where I’ve been to know where I should be going.

This is what I’ve been making notes of:

  1. Description – basically an overview of major occurrences in the scene
  2. Goal/Conflict/Disaster of Scene & Reaction/Dilemma/Decision of Sequel – If you haven’t read KM Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel, I highly HIGHLY recommend it! It is an insightful read into how to structure both the major plot and your scenes. In my revisions of my WIP, I find it most helpful in  identifying scenes that need to be cut. You should also check out her website here at Helping Writers Become Authors. It is a true gem providing not only tips and advice for fiction writing but a story structure database that analyzes well known plots.
  3. Arc threads: Plot, Characters, Subplots – This way I can see if there is a progression in each of these from scene to scene. If something feels too static, I know to add a little change or scrap it altogether.

I also have character index cards and timeline cards, and cards that track my thematic build up… Honestly, when it comes to writing, they are a lifeline for keeping me organized.

Here’s a small excerpt from something I was editing this week:

Across town, Sean was ignorant to any ill-intentioned thoughts towards him.
He stood sentry by his stall in the crowded market space and observed the people wandering by. It was an amused fascination that kept his gaze on those meandering from display to display, seeking that one trinket they would willingly lay their currency on, that one trinket that could bring them joy—fleeting and superficial though it might be.
Their lives were dull, these people who made their existence on dry land. It satisfied him to know that he had escaped such doldrums. Every day was an adventure on the ocean, every moment one of bliss. The seas were his realm, his freedom unchecked. Yes, he alone determined the path he traversed; he was master of his own destiny. If he thought that with enough conviction, he could trick himself into believing it was true.

Here’s a question for you: how do you outline or organize your story? Do you use index cards? Or keep a notebook? Or do you use some sort of writing software?

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,


Faith quill-ink

©Faith Rivens. 2016