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My First "Novel"

Aug 3, 2012
I want to share with you guys a short excerpt from my very first novel, or at least the very first novel I came close enough to completing. It's called The King's Maiden. I began writing it in August 2009 after I read Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. I had just gotten out of high school, and I was home for the summer trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. The King's Maiden was what I came up with. 

After rereading the opening scene I can definitely see how I've improved over the last few years, my grammar especially. I hope. I was inspired to post it after reading another writer's blog post about her first novel. I'm not going to lie. I did do a little editing, but it is essentially still the same. 

*snip*

Thanks for reading and commenting. 
11 comments on "My First "Novel""
  1. I like it, Tracey. I wanted to keep reading. :)

    ...and you already know about my first novel.

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    1. I'm glad someone does, Linda. It's never going to see the light of day. The voice in this isn't my natural voice. I think I was trying very hard to sound like someone else, but we are always our own worst critics.

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  2. Oh lordy, I haven't revisited my first novel yet. I'm still to afraid to go open that document :)

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    1. Yes! I definitely know what you mean, Jess. :D

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  3. You can tell there's potential here, but that it is a young writer. You've definitely grown a lot! :)

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    1. Thank you. I think I have grown a lot just from being on here, reading blogs and blogging. :)

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  4. I can say I agree with you on growing as a writer as well from being a part of the writing/blogging community. I am going to go WAY back for this. Okay, so not like decades or anything, just from around 2003/2004. Here are the first 2 paragraphs of a YA epic fantasy I called Azurnoth: Sacred Rites--


    Thus it begins…

    Countless years, the land of Finterra has played host to Ethosouk Summit, the annual Azurnoth bazaar and festival. People and creatures of all kinds trekked from the farthest reaches of Azurnoth to Skull Lake in the Tahuaya Plains. For six weeks, large vendors and small families set up tents and sold their wares to festive passersby. Makeshift taverns brimmed over with hobnoblins, half-elves, full blood elves, Sys Ka We tribesmen, warriors and magicians, all elbow-to-elbow drinking and making merry. Traveling bards, like many at the bazaar, earned their year’s keep at the annual celebration. Patrons were always in a gift-giving mood and ready for a song, especially after downing a couple of large mugs of Ale.
    The Ethosouk Summit was as much a staple for Azurnoth as the changing of the seasons. Trees changed to stunning shades of gold, yellow and earthy browns as they cleared from their branches, forming nice little nesting piles for wee animals during the fall. Winter meant snow and ice on the ground and flurries in the air to tickle your nose. Spring brought the melting of ice and snow and rebirth of green grass, thick foliage and striking, colorful blossoms, especially the infamous Grace of Vibranfluidia, a rainbow which always formed over the Trivalon Falls and poured a torrent of multiple hues bemusedly into Ocean Tritonic. Summer brought fun, pleasantly warm weather in Usherland, very comfortable conditions in Midloam under the watchful eye of Zenith Mountains, and a boisterously grand climate in Finterra. While summer slowly transitioned to fall, those wonderful six weeks, every being in Azurnoth, of rightful age and older, gathered together in celebration of another year of Azurnothian life, sharing and appreciating cultural differences, and showcasing some of the finest handiwork known to man or creature.

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    1. Thanks for commenting and sharing a little of your novel, Angela. Your writing isn't bad in this piece either. It's way more developed than mine actually. :D

      Again, thanks for sharing.

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  5. I think it starts well, I like the opening lines. I once wrote a 'romance' and the only interesting character in the whole thing was the dog.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment and follow, Charmaine. LOL! I guess one interesting character is better than none. :D

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  6. Oh man, this isn't nearly as bad as my first. That won't even see the public domain :) haha

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