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If youโ€™ve joined me from the incredible Kim Handysides then welcome!

This week we’ve been asked, ‘What everyone is working on at the moment. Details & conundrums, plus five bonus points for including a wee bit of your favourite scene.’

Well, as I posted a couple of weeks ago, Iโ€™m currently working on something completely different. Still romance, still writing, still a story, just a different format for it.

My current project is called Diving in Deep, and is a visual novel, which is something like an interactive story where the reader takes on the role of the main character, choosing the decisions she can make and what her personality will be like. These decisions affect the outcome of the story and how those around her interact with her.


The story itself is about Quinn Lanton, an underwater archaeologist, who discovers (a rather handsome) merman called Merrik in the ruins sheโ€™s excavating. The meeting would be one of excitement, if it wasnโ€™t for the fact that creepy treasure hunter, Walton Huntley, is shadowing her every move in the hopes of finding any artifacts worth selling, and she knows a merman would make his perfect prize.

Here are some example screenshots:

Example of the choices that can be made.

Example of the choices that can be made.

Example of the layout and sprites.

Example of the layout and sprites.

Depending on the personality you've chosen for Quinn, some options might be harder to use.

Depending on the personality you’ve chosen for Quinn, some options might be harder to use.

There are 6 possible endings, and a selection of choices throughout.

As for my favourite scene, well that probably has to be the moment Quinn and Merrik meet for the second time.

(Sorry for the script format, thatโ€™s how it has to be written!)

I shake my head, trying to get across the fact I’m not panicking… much.
He is a merman after all, a being that isn’t supposed to even exist except in fairytales!
Merrik: “Does that mean you’re ok?”
I nod, trying to regulate my breathing to a normal level and stem the adrenaline that courses through my system.
He breaks into a smirk, a playful glint in his eyes.
Merrik: “Good, I don’t want to have to watch out for falling rocks if you start flailing about again like yesterday.โ€
My awe of him quickly filters away with his snark.

The above scene is only one of the possible responses Quinn can make to Merrik in this situation.

I will say that the hardest part of writing this visual novel has been writing in first person, and in the present tense. Iโ€™ve never done that before, so it was a bit of an interesting challenge trying to ensure I didnโ€™t slip tenses, but I managed it in the end ๐Ÿ˜€

The project will released towards the end of March (not long, I know!) and it will be FREE in the hopes a lot of people might be willing to try out this different format of storytelling if they haven’t before.

So, there you go, thatโ€™s what Iโ€™m currently working on! ๐Ÿ˜€ (Sorry for the huge post, I’m just very excited about it!)

Now, why not check out what Raine Balkera’s current project is. I guarantee it will be something worth your time! ๐Ÿ™‚

What are you currently working on? Are there any WIP projects by others youโ€™re excited for?

Progress Report:

Status of visual novel: All writing done. Working on adding music and sounds.

Books read towards challenge: 3/50
Currently reading: Snow Hill by Mark Sanderson

24 thoughts on “Romance Writers Weekly #lovewritechat

  1. This looks awesome. I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to help promote and brag about my talented friend ๐Ÿ™‚ Send me anything you want across and I’ll create a post. I’ll email you separately because I’d love to do any interview so you can share more about the process – it’s fascinating. Congratulations!

  2. I’m working on something not quite like that but definitely more of an artistic epic piece. I can’t wait to see how your chaotic fun turns out because it looks great from what you have shared. Congratulations on your hard work looking great already.

    • It’s nice taking on something a little different, isn’t it? Sometimes you just got try out something new and see where it takes you ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you so much for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thanks for the update, Mishka. I’m following this on a weekly basis and look forward to the finale. I’m still on the fence, so when it is complete, I’m going to read it through and then probably change my mind and want to try it as well ๐Ÿ˜€ Good luck!

    • I’m really hoping with it being free, that people will do what you plan to and try it out. Hopefully they will enjoy it so much they will want to try out making one for themselves! ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s such a fun and different way of creating a story, but I feel like it can truly bring characters and writing to life!

      Thank you so much for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I see what you did there ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lol!

      I really hope it is engaging, writing in this way has certainly been an interesting challenge!

      Thank you so much for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I know I’ve said this before, but I’m looking forward to your visual novel. I’ve seen some surprisingly good works come out of NaNoReNo, and I’m sure you’ll be fitting in with the good company.

  5. Pingback: Diving in Deep- Challenge Complete! | A Writer's Life For Me.

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