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This Week in Review | 05.02.17-12.02.17

Good evening!

Sunday is coming to a close here friends. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine’s been fairly productive, if not a little hectic at the same time.

Just coming to share the highlights of my week with you 🙂


Posts on My Blog

Eléonore Annoucement

REVIEW | Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle

REVIEW | Desert Jewel by Natalina Reis

My Writing Projects

I’m working on two main projects at the moment, the sequel to Eléonore – title reveal coming this week – and a new high fantasy screenplay. I’ve reached 7k in the sequel and 10 pages in my screenplay which is less than I hoped, but not shabby when all is said and done.

I’ve outlined both so I know where the story is going in each case and expecting that some changes will be coming as they always do. It’s the plantser in me.

My screenplay is one that I conceived a few years ago, but left without touching for a while. After rewatching all of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies with my sister, I felt inspired to pick it up again and try something new: to write a fantasy film without basing it on a novel. I think the story is unique and I look forward to sharing more about it as it comes.

With regards to the second book in the Iníonaofa Chronicles, I like how it’s taking shape, though I am also aware that it’s going to need a wee bit of editing once it’s done. Not worrying about that now, though. This first draft is about the writing!


Hope you’ve all had an amazing week and best of luck with the next one. Let me know what special moments have defined your life this week. Stay safe and be good to one another, friends!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

This Week in Review 2017 the 3rd

Happy Sunday friends,

I’m finally on time with this posting!

It’s been a busy week here and I accomplished much of what I set out to do. There’s a lot more to look forward to this week and I can’t wait to pursue each goal 🙂

Here’s a small glimpse of what I’ve been up to…


My Writing Projects

My first goal this week was to complete edits on Heritage! And I did 🙂 She sits now at 84,847  words, which is decent for a YA fantasy, but I’m hoping to cut at least 5k down during my edit of the second draft next month.

My second goal was to start edits on the final draft of The Glass Slippers. So far it’s going well, but I’m about to hit the part I’m most concerned with! Here’s a small excerpt from the first scene:

EXT. MANOR. DAY

A luscious lawn surrounds a three-storey house, a decently sized estate, not extravagantly wealthy, nor terribly poor. Flowers coloured in a myriad of pastels blossom. Trees rich with foliage reach heavenwards.

SOFT PIANO MUSIC echoes from within.

LAUGHTER echoes — boisterous, innocent, free.

The Glass Slippers. ©Faith Rivens. 2017.

Posts on My Blog

Mariana Review

Rage and Ruin Review

WWW Wednesday

#WIPjoy

#FictFBFeb17

I also have exciting news to share! I’ve created my first monthly challenge! Fictional Flashback February 2017!

I’ll post a few more explanations about it later this week on my blog. Keep an eye out for it!

Feel free to join starting February 1st on Twitter & Instagram. I hope you will 🙂


That’s it for me. How was this last week for you friends? Anything exciting happen? Let me know and we can share our experiences!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

Faith’s Friday Facts | Tagged

Hi everyone,

I know that today was supposed to be the first day of Faith’s Friday Fiction, but I’ve been postponing posting this writer Q & A that Mollie at Mollie’s Musings ( you can check out her post HERE) had tagged me in a while back, so I decided to focus on that today & start the fiction next week.

It took longer to do this questionnaire than I expected, but I loved every moment of it 🙂

When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to?

I always remember loving books. My parents read to me from a young age and it just snowballed from there. I started writing when I was in elementary school. Grade 2 or 3. The decision to become a writer was something I only really took seriously after reading the 1st Harry Potter and The Westing Game.

 What genre do you write?

Mostly fantasy when it comes to novels, though I do have some historical fictions lined up. When it comes to scripts, I tend towards family dramas, thrillers and fairy tale adaptations.

Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress? When did you start working on this project?

My current WIP is something I’ve been calling the Divided Draft. It’s a story I started working on over ten years ago when I was in High School. The prologue was something I wrote for an assignment. I was so invested in it that I continued to write it throughout the year and finished a rough draft in six months. I’ve been editing ever since. It’s a fantasy novel about a pirate named Keira who discovers that she is at the heart of a prophecy foretelling the end of the evil threatening her ocean home.

What was your first piece that you can remember writing? What was it about?

The first piece I can remember writing is a short story about an orphan girl wanting to be adopted. I wrote it in Grade 3 and it was published in my school’s anthology. I’m actually hoping to publish it this year too, after the Divided Draft.

What’s the best part about writing?

 

The escape it offers to new lands beyond the pettiness and challenges of real life and the opportunity it presents to meet new characters.

 

What’s the worst part about writing?

I don’t want to believe that there is one. Not even editing or revising. Perhaps the worst thing is the withdrawal symptoms that follow when you’re pulled rudely away from your work.

What’s the name of your favourite character and why?

Like picking a favourite child—or so I imagine. I’m going to have to say Keira, the protagonist of the Divided Draft, if only because I’ve been devoted to telling her story for the past ten years and she’s become like a sister to me and a best friend.

How much time a day/week do you get to write? When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?

Most days, I steal time. I always try to give myself at least a good 2-3 hours a day, but it depends on my work schedule. Weekends, I get in a bit more time. Night tends to be the best time for me, only because I’m out of the house for work at 6:30am 😛

Did you go to college for writing?

I went to University. I graduated with a BA in History and Education.

I guess that’s a no 😉

What bothers you more: speeling errors; punctuation, errors, or errors for grammar?

For grammar errors say I is most bothersome. Ask you why the question is. Response incomprehensible is mine.

What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?

I’ve gotten a lot of good advice from people over the years. It’s hard to narrow down to the best. When it comes to my own stories, though, the best advice I got was to divide my book in two. It took me nine years to accept it, but now that’s it done, I know my story will be better for it!

What advice would you give to another writer?

Believe in your writing. Believe in your talent. You’ll meet enough people along the way who will try to break your resolve. Don’t be one of them! If you have a story in your heart, share it with the world.

What are your favourite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips or encouragement?

For help and tips: ShesNovel, WriterologyHelpingWritersBecomeAuthors.

For encouragement: I turn to my fellow bloggers!

Twitter is always a great place for both 🙂

Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies?

Reading is at the top of that list. Other hobbies include playing the guitar & singing (I’ve tried my hands a few times at composing music and lyrics for songs),

playing Risk (I tend to mutate into a bloodthirsty conqueror when I do), drinking coffee (that’s a hobby, right? Or is it a lifestyle?), watching movies & tv shows (currently loving Jane Austen adaptations, The Sopranos, The West Wing. Can’t wait for the return of Agent Carter, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Daredevil and The Americans)

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

I’ll look back to 2015 for this one, I think. I read a lot of great books, but I’ll stick to three favourites:

    1. The Darkest Road by Gavrial Guy Kay. The last in the Fionavar Trilogy, Kay is a Canadian fantasy author whose writing is the most beautiful thing I have ever beheld. Like a dance, flowing and graceful, his words are an art. If you have never read Kay, please, please do!
    2. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. This book stole my heart and broke it a couple of times. Diamant takes a very small Biblical character named Dinah and gives her a voice. Truly mesmerizing.
    3. Discworld by Terry Pratchett. I’m cheating with this one, but this series is unlike anything I have ever read before. Fantasy and oh so funny, yet also thought-provoking. If you haven’t read Pratchett…well, what are you waiting for?

What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year? Again, I’ll stick to 2015 for this one. Definitely Citizen Kane (1941). I shudder to think that it took me so long to watch it. What a stunning and gripping film. A definite classic.

Honourable Mentions: Fargo (1996), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) & Beauty and the Beast (1991…classic ;))

What is your favourite book or series of all time?

I’m sorry. Do you really thing I can pick just one? That’s cute 😉

I’ll narrow top three series: Harry Potter by JK Rowling, Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Same for books: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Who is your favourite author?

Too many…. JK Rowling, Gavrial Guy Kay, Jane Austen, Jasper Fforde, JRR Tolkein, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb, Stephen King, Diana Gabaldon, Mary Stewart, Margaret Atwood, etc, etc, etc…

What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing?

Publishing my debut novel (aka The Divided Draft). Otherwise starting writing/edits of book 2 in the series. Also finishing edits on some scripts and perhaps working on a novella that I started a while back.

Where else can we find you online?

On Twitter, you can find me at: faith_therivens

On Pinterest, you can find me as: Faith Rivens

On Goodreads, you can me find me at: Faith Rivens

If you haven’t been tagged in this yet and would like to try your hand at it, please do and post a link in the comments so I can check it out 🙂

Here are the questions for you to answer:
When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to?
What genre do you write?
Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress? When did you start working on this project?
What was your first piece that you can remember writing? What was it about?
What’s the best part about writing?
What’s the worst part about writing?
What’s the name of your favourite character and why?
How much time a day/week do you get to write? When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?
Did you go to college for writing?
What bothers you more: speeling errors; punctuation, errors, or errors for grammar?
What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?
What advice would you give to another writer?
What are your favourite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips or encouragement?
Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies?
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year?
What is your favourite book or series of all time?
Who is your favourite author?
What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing?
Where else can we find you online?

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith    quill-ink

Revising (AKA Rewriting!)… A New Resolution for a New Me

Last week, I started out with the hope of creating an outline sheet for The Divided Draft to help me better chart out its arc towards the final conflict. Best intentions seldom lead where they should though. Halfway through my first day, my attention was diverted to a script that I have recently circulated to competitions. I’ve garnered a lot of positive feedback and made it into the top ten percent of Blue Cat and the quarter-finals of Scriptapalooza. Recently, I submitted it to Shore Scripts from which I also received script coverage that solidified for me some issues I’ve been facing of late with.

I’m not sure when it first occurred to me, but for some time I’ve felt distanced from this script. A little background for those of you who are interested: I initially wrote this story as a short script for a Screenplay class in CEGEP (a Quebec necessitated educational institution set between high school and University). Nineteen at the time, I was excited by the new medium I had discovered and later determined to broaden it into a feature, a feat only accomplished four years later. Since then, I’ve developed and grown as a human being. Much as with The Divided Draft, I’ve come to the disturbing realization that I can no longer see myself in the pages of my script. The premise and first act as well as my protagonist’s arc are still true, mercifully, but the way the conflict develops and resolves reflects the person I was, not who I am, and I can’t stand by it.

A big decision to make, it’s a necessary one, and I’ve undertaken this revision (aka rewrite) with an exuberance that I didn’t think possible. As much as I feel the need to finish revising The Divided Draft, I also recognize that revising (aka rewriting) my script is a task less challenging, less daunting, and much more easily achieved than the former.

So that’s where I am now, revising (aka rewriting) my script. The first act is solid, something I’m very proud of. I’ve outlined the rest of the script accordingly, with a new resolution and new points of conflict. While it’s not perfect, it definitely resonates as a more honest portrayal of who I am as a storyteller. Passion drives me through this challenge because it’s something I believe in.

I wish the same passion to you. Feel free to share your greatest revising (AKA rewriting) challenge at the present or in the recent past.

May inspiration flow like ink,

Faith  quill-ink