Month: February 2018

Book 2: Tempest of Betrayal progress update

With the first book, I believe one of the mistakes that I made was using multiple points of view. The goal was to keep the book short and I think that the story could have been told better and had more narrative cohesiveness if I had stuck to one point of view throughout. There just aren’t enough pages to accomodate parallel threads that are told separately and tied together later on. It would be fine if I were planning 400 pages and not worried about an economy of words. So, for Book 2, I had to completely rearrange the scenes and story points to accomodate all the same events and subplots but tie them together into fewer scenes and use only a single POV.

The overall effect is that the story is a little more complex, given that the main plot and all subplots are basically woven together from the beginning. That doesn’t mean their connectedness is revealed in the beginning, just that I, as the author, have to consider it all even before the story starts. It isn’t a problem for me, personally. I’ve spent decades being a story teller for players of RPGs and I revel in twists and connecting seemingly unconnected plots. The challenge is really just the timing. I had a plan for getting the first draft done by a certain date and I thought I had a solid outline when I set that date. As it turns out, I spent some of my writing time actually rebuilding the outline. Fortunately, I have a daily writing quota that will get me to the finish line in time, and it’s really not even a problem – assuming that I stick to my quota going forward. Speaking of which: back to the manuscript!

Book 1: The Dragon Tempest is complete

The first book in the Supers & Sorcery series, The Dragon Tempest, is now complete and has been posted to the various retailers while I finalize the plot and beats for the second book. I have so many plans and ideas for the upcoming sequels, it’s hard to know what to do next. The first five books are already prepped in my queue, but I want to create a world guide written in narrative form from a character’s point of view within the world.

I want to write ancillary short stories that are sometimes interviews with the characters and sometimes just exploring their lives and backstory further. I’ll probably bundle these things in with novels but also make some available on the website and others available only to members of the readers group. I will be up front about the production for this first book and say that I did not pay an editor and I made the cover myself. While I think it is important, long term, to hire an editor and a professional cover designer, I simply can’t afford the cost in the short term. In the meantime, I’m focusing on the content of the story and that’s certainly where my passion is.