Looks like it's time for a progress update. Two big projects are occupying my time and (limited) brainpower and energy right now. The major revision of Heir of Tanaris is under way; I'm about halfway through. As always, scenes I thought didn't need a lot of work are getting totally rewritten (just finished a long one that I decided at the last minute to change from Davreos's point of view to Isamina's). But I'm really happy with how this is coming together so far. The soundtrack for this book is mainly the album Haven by Kamelot. Give it a listen if you want to get a feel for this book, the next book in the Tehovir world.
I've also started the triage phase of revision on the Defenders of the Wildings series, the follow-up to Daughter of the Wildings. I was going to wait until the big revision on Tanaris
was done, but decided I couldn't wait that long. And I think (hope!)
I've got readers waiting for it too. So I started that, revising the
whole series like it's one big book (which it basically is, much more
than Daughter, which divided itself up neatly into separate novels), and
I was going through book 1 and it was going fine, highlight these
characters more, move this to this other scene, combine these two
scenes, dum de dum, HEY WHERE'S THE PLOT???
Yes, I forgot to put a
plot in book 1. Which probably explains why this "novella" is only 38
double-spaced pages long. My excuse is that I decided that what was
originally book 1 needed to be book 2, so I took some stuff from the
original book 2 and wrote some new material and stuck all that in front
to make the new book 1, just so I could get the general scaffolding of
the story in place. I know what the plot is supposed to be; a thing
happens, as often does in novels, and this thing has potentially dire
consequences for Silas and Lainie and their livelihood, and they talk
about doing something in response. Well, then, other things happen and
we get to the end of book 1 and they never did the thing they talked
about. So doing the thing they talked about is the plot of book 1, and
now I just need to actually write it. Fortunately, it fits in well with
the other stuff happening that I wrote.
There are writers who
claim they can write a complete, organized, well-structured story in one
draft, with only needing to clean up the typos to make it publishable. I
am not one of those writers. :P
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