I’ve finished writing my first novel, Goddess Save the King, and am now giving it one last leisurely read.
I still enjoy reading this story after so many months spent editing it. I also want to make sure the information I give the reader is consistent throughout because I have started writing book 2 of The Diviner Chronicles. Book 2 won’t hit online shelves until fall 2017, but I’m already thirteen chapters into writing it. Naturally, I want the information in book 1 to be cohesive as readers transition to the next installment of the series.
This story, this adventure, has taken root in my mind and taught me to have zero boundaries when it comes to the growth of the characters I’ve created. I was dead-set on one particular character’s direction over the next three books. However, as I finished writing book 1 and begin thumbing through all my notes to build book 2, what I originally intended for that character isn’t enough. He needs to see/learn/grow more in order for him to be successful. I have high hopes for him, but to have a shot at such greatness, he needs growth. And growth is usually uncomfortable, sometimes even painful. I cringe at the thought of what he has to go through, but it must be done.
Writing my first series has brought new meaning to the term “world-building.” I thought I understood while writing book 1. There are different cultures, languages, and settings. However as book 2 builds, it calls for more detail, like: national sports, new languages, local customs, knowledge of magic, etc. As I attempt to grasp the enormity of world-building as this writing process continues to unfold, I tip my hat to my predecessors who have successfully managed to do so before me.
Understanding the depth of each civilization I’m writing requires is humbling (and tiring). It makes me wonder what new additions will come to these characters’ lives in book 3.