Writing

Read-a-thon wrap up and what I’ve been doing

 

As far as the wrap up goes: I think I read about 40 pages of The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness. It didn’t pull me in. I don’t think it’s because of the book thought, it’s me. I just don’t feel like reading. And I was sooooo looking forward to it. I like read-a-thons but I just couldn’t get myself to read.

The truth is that I’ve had this idea a while ago to write something, preferably a book. Even if it never gets published. I want to be able to say that I actually wrote a book. The idea itself has had many forms, lengths and genres (from fantasy to thriller and now I ended up with historical fiction).

I was reading up on the history of Bruges, the city where I live and realised that it’s a very rich history indeed. There are still buildings today that date back centuries. For example the building of the belfry started in the 13th century (as far as I can tell, maybe the tower itself is even older).

And suddenly, I found the treasure hidden in plain sight. A story, so incredible, so full of intrigue and very well documented dating back to the 12th century. It has everything, a hero, a backstabbing villain, the possibility of romance and IT’S ALL TRUE!!!

So I started doing research..

2015/01/img_1004.jpgAnd I started taking notes. Building the people’s biographies to get everything right. Looking for tiny details that would make the story come alive.

2015/01/img_1010.jpgThese are the books I’ve been reading instead of the ones I told you about last time.
It seems like I finally found something I really want to write about, a story that’s been neglected and that I’m dying to tell.

2015/01/img_1009.jpgI’m so happy that back in the 1100’s someone took the time to write the events down. It feels like I’m back at university, studying something not just for the sake of passing an exam but because I want to know everything there is to know.

Right now, I’m collecting all the data, reading through the events and trying to figure out who I want my main characters to be.

I’ll keep updating this blog with reviews, tags and so on but I’ll throw in my writing progress.

Are there things you want to know?
Or tips you want to give me?

Let me know!

Love

Ellen

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