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Writing Journal – The Fall of the Stone – 26 March 2023

It’s Sunday, 26 March, and today I started writing chapter 25 in The Fall of the Stone. Yes, I am close to the end. These are the last chapters. And only now that I am reaching the end, I am starting my writing journal… No, perhaps that doesn’t make much sense, but sometimes things happen at the exact right moments.

Why a writing diary? Why would anyone want to read about my journey through plotting, writing, re-writing, editing, tea, chocolate, no time, late nights, early mornings, more tea, more chocolate, a little red wine, tea, dreams, wondering, writing, writing, and some more tea? Why would anyone want to read the journal of an author no one – or very few people – have ever heard of? I can’t answer that for you, because I’ve been asking myself the same question 😉 I do, however, want to write this diary, so if you happen to find my website and are reading this, thank you for visiting. It is very much appreciated!

The Fall of the Stone isn’t finished yet, and it was one of the most difficult books to write for me… Perhaps because it wasn’t based on dreams like its predecessors, The Path of the Stone and The Rise of the Stone. It is interesting to note, though, that after I was stuck for a while and I didn’t know how to continue the story, a dream came to me one night, revealing the rest of the plot. I woke up, and continued writing, now having it all very clearly in my mind. Isn’t that just amazing?

A fellow writer and good friend told me that maybe I extract much of my inspiration from my subconscious mind. Could that be true? It’s worth exploring, isn’t it? I don’t know much about it, but when he mentioned it to me, it did make me think about it.

Two days ago, I added a character list to this book – I did the same in The Rise of the Stone. What are your thoughts on character lists? Are they useful in fantasy books? Do you, as a reader, look at them or quickly skim over them?

Today I’ll work more on chapter 25. I am not done yet, at least not today. And soon I’ll add more to my writing journal.

10 thoughts on “Writing Journal – The Fall of the Stone – 26 March 2023

  1. Tom

    Hi Christi,

    This is an amazing achievement so far to have written 25 chapters, and when your book is completed you will feel AMAZING.

    I have written books and I know how difficult it is to get through. I didn’t write a diary, like you have but I did write a blog which is virtually the same thing. It is great to write about your experiences in writing because they will help aspring and current authors when they feel like they’re struggling.

    Good luck in writing your final chapters and let me know when you have finished as it would be great to understand how you’re feeling and the accomplishment you feel.

    Thank you for sharing and congratulations.

    All the best,


    1. Christine

      Hi Tom,

      Thank you for your comments! I’ll definitely let you know 🙂
      And good luck with your books!

  2. Elridge Jones, Jr

    Looking forward to reading your books. It sounds like you put a lot of thought into writing them. They sound intriguing.

    1. Christine


  3. John

    Hey Christi,

    Thank you for sharing your writing journey with us! It’s always fascinating to hear about an author’s process and the challenges they face along the way. I’m excited to hear that you’re nearing the end of The Fall of the Stone, and I can only imagine the sense of accomplishment that must come with that.
    I think it’s great that you’ve started a writing diary, and I personally find it very interesting to read about the ups and downs of the creative process.
    As for character lists, I think they can be very helpful in keeping track of all the different personalities and relationships in a fantasy book. Looking forward to hearing more about your progress!

    1. Christine

      Thank you, John!
      It will be a huge accomplishment. Many thanks for your thoughts on character lists! 🙂

  4. John

    Hey Christi,
    Well done on your amazing achievement of writing 25 chapters. I loved reading your account of the struggles you have and all the tea, chocolate, late nights etc. I agree with your writer friend that most of your inspiration can come from your subconscious mind. I personally like character lists in all books, I think they should be used more often.
    Good luck in the remainder of the book, one chapter at a time!

    1. Christine

      Thank you, John!
      Yes, a lot of chocolate and tea 😉 I can’t go without those two 🙂
      Thanks for your input on character lists! Much appreciated!

  5. Chas

    HI Christine,
    Congrats on your writing of 25 chapters! I have briefly thought about writing a book at times, but never really took the plunge. I do write for my blog, so I know about struggling to write sometimes! I have also had experiences with dreams that gave me the answer to a dilemma in my sleep. It was such a relief to know exactly what to do with the problem at hand. Maybe that suggestion to “sleep on it” is pretty good advice?
    I bet you are getting excited about finishing the book now that you know the “end is near”. Wishing you the best, and I hope it is a happy ending! 😉

    1. Christine

      Hi Chass,

      Thank you!
      All the best!

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