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I just finished writing 'Phantasmagoria'!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 1, 2015, 6:18 AM

This morning, at approximately 8:40 AM, I completed the first draft of my novel, Phantasmagoria. It's word count is about 98,625 words, an editor's equivalent of about 394 pages. I think I've fainted. 

I've been working on this book for about two years (closer to three, though I developed the characters about four years ago)-I'm hoping that with a lot of effort and motivation, I can have this story edited and sent out to agents by May or June. I intend to do an outline for my second novel (the sequel) very soon, and plan on writing for Escape (a fantasy trilogy) and Children of the Tracks (a stand-alone novel set in 1930s America). 

In celebration, I thought I'd list the development my main character, Ophelia, has gone through over the years. She's really gone through quite a change to where she is now, and I'm quite content with the overall story she's been placed into. 

-In 2011, she was simply the beginnings of a character. I didn't have a name for her, just a basic of what she looked like (which is not so similar to how she looks today).
Evidence 1 (2013ish) : Ophelia Caine by Demonic-Fantasy
Evidence 2 (2015) : He Could Never Tell by Demonic-Fantasy

In 2012, she was apart of a zombie post-apocalyptic series of RPs, wherein she wielded a bow and arrow and was pretty freakin' badass and snarky (can you smell cliche? I can, and it's ripe and noxious).

-Later in 2012, she was called Ivory Ravenwood. She was apart of an odd Victorian vampire RP that didn't last very long. She was timid, knew French, and liked to stay cooped up on her balcony. Her appearance was more akin to what we know her to be today.

-By 2012, I had already begun writing bits of scenes for Phantasmagoria. In 2013, she was Ophelia Ravenwood- a mousy, book-loving, artsy, romantically inept girl. I gave her some red hair and called it a day...or a year, rather. Along the way, I had some awesome friends help me develop Ophelia:

:iconprincejackdaw:, :iconeveryoneloveskoko:, :iconkittysweaters:, :iconnightshade-keyblade:, :iconrussia1997:, :iconcrustulumpulchrum:.

-By late 2014, Phantasmagoria (draft one) was almost done. I had a few scenes to write and a chapter or two to add in. Ophelia was, in full, who she is today.  With so many things occurring in my life, I had accumulated great inspiration and experience to write Ophelia and Raife and their complicated journey together. I had a grasp of love, heartbreak, and all of the intricate things in between to truly bring out the emotions in my characters. (I may or may not have based Raife off a collection of real-life people. Answer: I did. I did base him off of people I've met (and maybe love)). 

-Now, in early 2015, with the first draft completed (clocking in at about 98,625 words), Ophelia has had a chance to grow. By the end of the story, her stuttering has decreased, she's grown more bold and adventurous, and she openly defies her Mother-albeit with a healthy amount of trembling and awkwardness. 

I don't know what the future drafts are going to hold, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
I thank you all for the support and love over these past few years, from my old account to this one! I appreciate it more than you'll ever know. :hug: And don't worry, I'll be needing your help in the future. 
Now, onto draft two...

  • Mood: Euphoric

About Me

Hey, there! I'm Jenny. I suppose you came here looking to learn a little bit about me.

I'm a 16-year-old artist and writer from Southern United States. I'm a Victorian Era enthusiast (particularly in the post-antebellum and Gilded Age), and I'm constantly scouring books and the Internet in search of more facts relating to the subject. In addition, I find myself drawn to history--documentaries and books are my favorites sources to gather information on the past.

In my spare time, I can be found drawing, writing, singing, photographing, daydreaming, or listening to music. Examples of my musical tastes include: Lana Del Rey, Florida Georgia Line, Elvis Presley, Taylor Swift, Florence and the Machine, and Mayday Parade.

Phantasmagoria will be my first full-length novel; I have been working on the book since 2012. I'm currently in the process of editing it, and will soon be actively searching for agents to query.


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