Back in late July, I decided to write a novel based on the article about reinventing fantasy creatures I did, putting my comic on hold until I can become a better artist and honestly, I was really struggling with that (sorry Nicole and bangishotyou, as I know I had promised to let you read it when it was done :( ).

Along with the article I’m doing for this site, I’ve been getting the basic structure set up for the novel, been writing down the story and plot in summary form and have done research into writing a novel.

In its most basic form, it is about a caravan of Goblins who have been invited to entertain the guests at peace talks between the Kingdoms of Eluman (a United Kingdom of Elves and Humans) and Terroc (A bitter Kingdom of Elves). It’s supposed to be an optimistic tale to counter all the pessimistic and dark tales in fantasy lately and it is supposed to show how even the most seemingly insignificant contributions, the ones that would never be mentioned in the history books, still matter.

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I was struggling on a few things and I was wondering if anyone would be willing to help.

  • What length do you think I should be going for something like this? I don’t want to make it too short in case people feel ripped off, but I don’t want it to drag on.
  • Is there any novel/short stories/film etc you would recommend for research?
  • What is with the hatred against adverbs? I noticed this when I was doing research and it doesn’t make any sense as screenwriters seem to be encouraged to use them as they help readers to better visualize what you’re describing.
  • How many proof readers should I try to get? As you may have noticed, my profreading
    isnt excellwent and I don’t want to screw myself over with bad spelling. Also, should I have it proofread by chapter or at the end?
  • I know this is a bit early to be worrying about, but how do you actually get a novel published?

Thanks for your help and sorry for coming across as an egotist.