Lessons From My Works-in-Progress #6: Capturing Freedom

Lessons From My Works-In-Progress is an ongoing blog series about various writing projects I’m working on. All projects featured have at least one completed draft and are of novella or novel length. Previous installments can be found here.

This month’s installment is a shorter one,  featuring my 2012 NaNoWriMo novel about pirates and mermaids, titled Capturing Freedom.

Where Sand & Water Meet
Capturing Freedom

What it’s about:
A pirate trying to hide from his past finds himself indebted to the royal family and embarks on a quest for redemption.

First draft completed.

The story began as a retelling of The Little Mermaid, but changed a lot during the planning and drafting process.

What I learned:
  • Researching fairy tale elements and applying them for a retelling. While the story became less of a retelling by the end of the draft, it was still fun to figure out potential elements to use for the story.
  • Worldbuilding. CF featured some intricate worldbuilding—various islands, water travel, the mainland. It’s one of my favorite settings I’ve written so far, and somewhere I still have the scribbled maps I used for my notes. It was a slightly different setup than what I used a few months earlier for Down in Flame, but it worked well.

Meet the Characters:
  • Pirate.
  • Musician.
  • Good at getting out of dangerous situations (usually).

  • Runaway.
  • Wealthy.
  • Good at problem-solving in tough circumstances.

What are you learning in your current work-in-progress?