Incarnators Week 2

I am pleased to say I have finally started writing the final book of the Dark Lands Trilogy. I didn’t make as much progress as I wanted to. I was hoping to enter this weekend at 5000 words and I came in at 4000. Nothing devastating, I can make that up over the next few days. I am a little worried about the San Diego Comic-Con. I have a lot of things I need to do and a lot of people I need to hang with. I am going to try real hard to keep on my 1000 word a day goal. When I get back from San Diego the goal will switch to 2000 words a day until school starts back up. Then I will shoot for 2000 but give myself a break on any hard school days.

I think the beginning of this book is going to be a little more difficult than the last two. I have a few threads hanging out there and some characters that need resolutions. I have been looking at my notes a lot as I write trying to make sure I have set everything up properly. I have a lot of respect for authors who write gigantic series. I don’t know they keep track of everything by the time they reach book 7.

The early part of the book has had one stand out character for me. It is one of the new point of view characters for the series. I have known I was going to write this character for a long time. In fact he was going to be one of the main characters in the first book but I decided to edit him out because it didn’t fit in the flow of the story. Then I was going to put him into book two. After thinking about it I decided he really worked better in book 3. He is a very important character to this book. I think if my readers end up liking him I might go back and write a novella which fills in his back story. He has a huge back story and now having actually written a few thousand words staring him I am filling the urge to give him more time of his own on the page.

The only other early problem I had was deciding the order of the story. There are four distinct stories which have to come together (plus a little mini storyline which will pop in and out). I think I have the order ironed out. The hardest one to decide on was the character of Bolo. At first I was going to make him one of the lead point of view characters. At the start of the book he is with Jessica. So for now Jessica is the lead but I don;t think this will last all the way through the book. Next week I will be posting this blog from San Diego. Hopefully it will be chock full of all the awesome writing I have done.

About csdaley

C.S. Daley was born in California but has spent most of his life in his imagination. His first short story written in third grade, the now classic "Close Encounters of the Turd Kind," was sold to his next door neighbor for a quarter. The neighbor promptly demanded a refund. An unhealthy obsession with the writings of Neil Gaiman, Christopher Moore, and Terry Pratchett have left his mind warped and broken. He spends most of his evening swilling down coffee while tapping at a keyboard under the watchful eyes of his kittens. They are there to make sure he doesn't snap. He likes to write fantasy for adults and teens.

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