This writing vlog is an overview of how I have progressed with my first attempt at a fiction novel! I’m currently approaching the 89,000 word mark in my first draft. Once I’ve reached the end of the story, I will review and begin editing. This will mean trimming the fluff and cutting out parts that don’t serve the story, as well as fleshing out anything that needs to be elaborated on. That will be a fun stage of the process for sure!

I have given my novel a working title — Project King — named after my main character, Miles King. The story is based in Auckland, New Zealand, across a time span from the 1960s up until… well, we don’t know yet. ☺️

Here’s an insight into how I’ve structured my story’s multi-decade timeline and the research required (the big stuff and the minutiae). Also, observe how I disguise my terribly slow typing skills with 900x video speed.

Update: Timeline App

I’ve started using Aeon Timeline to manage my multi-decade storyline. I only wish I’d found it sooner! It would have saved me from keeping copious notes and letting some timeline errors creep through!

It has the ability to link events with characters, arcs, and locations. So it’s great for managing events in terms of date, duration, which characters were involved, and who was present. By adding birthdates to each character, you can also see how old they were at certain times of the book (which is great for my long timeframe!).

It’s a paid app but I would highly recommend it as it ensures that the timeline is accurate. The first month is free so you can try it out (I’m not sponsored, I just think it’s really good!).

Click here for more info on Aeon Timeline.

Thanks for your support!

If you’ve got any thoughts, tips and tricks, feel free to comment below! And if you have any questions about my writing process, please share and I’ll include in an upcoming writing vlog!

Thanks again for everyone’s encouragement. I can’t say this has been easy by any means but it certainly has been enjoyable thanks to all the words of support I’ve received!