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Over the last couple of years I’ve been jotting down random ideas for stories and just letting them sit while I work on other stuff. Occasionally I’ll go back and add some stuff to them, but for the most part they just sit and wait.
Recently, I’ve decided to take several of those ideas and blend them together. While I’m working on edits for Loyalty Betrayed, I’m taking the time to plot out what I describe as a Web of Novels.
These stories are set on Zaria, a few years after Loyalty Betrayed. The basic idea is that there are 6 different threads of independent stories, but they’ll weave into each other and impact the events of the other threads.
Sometimes this will be direct interaction and sometimes it will be a “knock-on” effect of an action in one thread causing a reaction on another thread. It will be interesting plotting this as I want to make sure that everything is lined up. Which means I’ll be writing about 250,000 words of outline total. Should be fun!
As I mentioned in my last post, I threw out almost all of Loyalty Betrayed.
The story was stilted and felt like I had forced it into a box. I kept the Prologue and Chapter 1, but the rest of it got the ax.
Over the course of the last week I wrote an entirely new chapter-by-chapter outline, which clocked in at about 7,500 words, and I’ve been working on my second draft.
And let me tell you, having written the story once and then refocused it with a new outline, I’ve been tearing through the words. I’m currently sitting at approximate 45,000 words and I’ve run through about 1/3 of the outline.
The focus I’ve had is incredible. This is the first time I’ve ever trashed a “complete” draft, rebuilt and restarted and I’m really enjoying the pace. I’ve veered off a little from the outline here and there, but then I do that regularly. It’s the 10% or so of my brain that’s a “pantser”.
I’m on vacation starting today so I have about 8 days of no work with which I hope to really lay into this draft. I’m looking forward to finishing it and getting back into edits. I’ll update more as I go along!
If anyone is interested in Beta-Reading when I get this draft complete, let me know!
I’m considering writing/producing a “Worldbuilding for Gunpowder Fantasy” series for YouTube.
What do you think? What aspects would you like included in it?
Leave a comment and let me know!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and I apologize. I’ve been dealing with life and drama. But have no fear, content is coming and I’ll be back to writing soon.
I’m going to do something odd soon: stream my writing on Twitch! Keep your eyes peeled for more info in the coming days!
So it’s been a little while since my last post, but between finishing out the 2nd to last semester of my BA and the holiday season (which makes both of my jobs madhouses) I’ve not had a lot of time on my hands.
However, I have managed to get a bit of writing done. I’m at 50K words for my new Work-In-Progress which is a new series set on the other side of the world from The Cerberus Rebellion and The Hydra Offensive.
Right now my plan is to get this novel finished, polished, edited and then start querying it for traditional publication. At which point I’ll return to working on The Centaur Incursion.
The ideas for new series and storylines continue to flow and I realized the other day that I’m going to be writing Gunpowder Fantasy for a very long time. Which is something I’m entirely ok with.
I’m also in the process of setting up a Patreon. I think I want to get to the Query step on this new WIP before I launch it, but it’s nearly finished.
Right now, my goal is to have the first draft of this new novel finished by summer, an ambitious task but I think I can handle it!
Go, get it now! And while you’re at it, visit these awesome blog tour hosts for my Launch Day Tour!
As the release of The Hydra Offensive on Sept. 21st gets nearer, I’ve got a blog tour going to promote The Cerberus Rebellion!
So if you can, go visit today’s hosts at the Indie Author’s Blog and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of The Chesian Wars collection!
With The Hydra Offensive set to release on the 21st of next month, I’ve got some book tours planned through Goddess Fish Productions. They handled the tour for The Cerberus Rebellion and did so brilliantly. When I have a list of sites, I’ll be sure to post them but for now, here’s the banner for the Book Blast Tour for Hydra’s Release.