Mini State of Writing: Of Genesis Edition

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Big things have been afoot in the Chronicle of the Sons plan, lately.

As I mentioned in various earlier State of Writing posts, the plan for CotS has been for four books, with Of Genesis coming second and going over the same timeline as All Flames Cast, but from the POVs of some of the antagonists. As I set out to outline this, things started pretty smoothly. I got through an almost complete checkpoint list, and wrote a couple of character sketch scenes to help get a feel for the new POVs.

And that’s where I hit a wall. With one notable exception (we’ll revisit this in a bit), none of the characters excited me. I didn’t want to write them. Their stories didn’t feel right. On top of that, I realized that doing this as a second book would completely derail the narrative momentum built up at the end of AFC. Continue reading

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Checking in: London Edition

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Phew. I survived. As I write this, I’m sitting in a hotel room in London, having just worked communications and speaker support for the big HPE Discover event this week. Today is Day 9 of the trip, and the event ended yesterday…which means I finally have some free time to get caught up on things.

First off, yeah, I know I haven’t posted at all, but quite honestly it’s been a bunch of 12-16 hour days for the past week, and there’s simply no energy left after that. I’ll be doing a more involved Book of the Week post for all of you, to go up tomorrow, as a way to make up for it.

Secondly, as noted above, I’m in London. It’s gorgeous here, and the entire time I’ve been itching to get writing. Open on my screen right now is Scrivener, with a freshly-minted file titled Of Genesis. This thing is in motion. Outlining is underway, checkpoints are being set, and I’ll probably start some preliminary work on the prologue tomorrow. I’m positively giddy at the idea.

Which brings me to tomorrow. I’ll be on a train through the British countryside, heading up to Glasgow to meet a friend (a fellow writer and Wheel of Time fan). Because of that, I doubt I’ll have much time for posting until I’m back in the States next week. The Book of the Week will go up, somehow, even if I have to use Starbucks free wifi or something, but that’s going to be the only post here for a while.

Thanks for bearing with me.