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Monday, September 18, 2017

Guest Post & #Giveaway: Across the Darkling Sea by K. Ferrin @ScrivK

Thank you so much K. Ferrin for being on Full Moon Bites today! Read on below for her post How to Write By The Seat of Your Pants: Outline or No? and a GIVEAWAY!

The first full length novel I attempted to write checked in at about 180,000 words at the point I abandoned it. To be clear, the average length of a novel these days is more in the 80k - 100k word range. You might be interested in asking what it was about, but I couldn’t tell you. Not really. It was a meandering, winding, twisting, verbose, hot mess.

I had ideas, cool ones, and as they came to me I’d simply write them down. I had no plan, no map, no idea where I was going, and it showed. I abandoned the story when I began to realize nothing lined up with anything else and that editing it, pulling it together into a cohesive story, would make Sisyphus’ job look easy.

I had ideas. But I had no idea what the story was about.

To me, that’s really what a plot or an outline is. The work of plotting out your story is the work of coming to understand what your story is about, who your characters are, what it is they are trying to achieve, and what is stopping them from getting what they want. It’s the work of getting to know the heart, the guts, the inner workings of the tale you wish to tell.

This isn’t the glamorous fun part of writing. It can be hard and grueling and it might not include any writing at all. And what fun is that? We became writers because we love to write, to actually punch keys on a keyboard, or scratch pen on paper. But understanding what your story is about is more about thinking than it is writing. It may not be glamorous, but it is the most important part of the process.

At it’s heart, I think the discussion on pantsing vs. plotting is more a discussion of thought process than writing process. Just as there are many paths toward solving a particularly difficult problem, there is no limit to the ways an author can go about excavating the heart of their novel. The point, in my view, is not how it is done, just that it is done.

If you spend much time at all in any writing forums or groups the topic of pantsing vs. plotting will inevitably come up. Someone will almost certainly argue that one way is more creative than the other, that one way is so much more limiting than the other, but all such arguments are bunk. If you want to write a novel you will have to go through the hard thought-work of figuring out what your book is about. You may do some or all of that up front, you might do it once you’ve gotten the bulk of your words down, but in the end, you will do it. And that’s what matters most.

Across the Darkling Sea
K. Ferrin
Publication date: November 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Across the Darkling Sea is the first book in the new serial fantasy series Magicfall, by K. Ferrin!
Magic is forbidden in Brielle, but that never stopped Evelyn. Until Now. Because Evelyn has discovered she is magic, and now she is running for her life.
Her only hope is on an island cloaked in shadow, an island of dark magic and even darker beasts. An island warlocks call home.
Evelyn’s friends have turned against her, her own mother tried to kill her, and the place she calls home has banished her. Hidden away in the belly of a riverboat, a stowaway, her journey begins.

Across the Darkling Sea is book one in a serial series. Each book is roughly 50,000 words or about 150 pages. To emphasize, this is a serial series, meaning it’s one story that stretches across multiple books.

Author Bio:
K. Ferrin spends her days surrounded by engineers, technology, and humming machinery, but her evenings are steeped in magic, myth, and adventure. She writes fantasy, loves gardening, and eats way too much pie. She lives at the foot of the Colorado Rockies with her husband and two pooches.
Her novels include the stand alone YA fantasy novel Magicless, as well as Across the Darkling Sea, and A Dying Land, the first two books of a series. You can find her online at


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  1. Sounds intriguing, love the mystical cover; thanks for the chance chance to win :)

  2. Thanks for hosting today, Holly! :)

  3. This is an enchanting book that will leave you wanting more!

  4. thanks this sounds like a great book


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