Happy to say that Redemption, a Dragon Core “shorter” story is at 53K plus and counting. And counting. And…
So much for shorter. This book is writing itself.
I am always amazed by the fact no matter how many stories I write there’s always a new way, a new angle.
Something new to learn.
Redemption started as a maybe, turned into a this would work, and evolved into a runaway horse. Fortunately, I managed to lasso the beast and get things under control.
Maybe. Months back and in response to the global chaos I decided to do shorter stories that were filed under the various sci-fi series I have going. I quickly kicked out three “shorter” Bite Size Pieces that fit within two of the three series.
All that was left was to do something for the Dragon Core series.
I was surprised by how difficult it was to come up with a story I was happy with for this series which is itself evolving into more than I imagined when I initially conceived it.
I think it’s because for the depth of passion I include I felt doing something short would “short change” author and reader both.
But it felt lukewarm.
Runaway Horse. Determined I put fingers to keyboard and forged ahead figuring after I got past the initial “oh my god this is going to take forever” I always feel when starting a new novel, it would smooth out.
Little did I know.
This smoothing out process took far longer than I’m used to.
More than once I worried I was forcing it – never good.
I continued to push through.
What choice did I have? Quit? After talking about the story for weeks if not months? Um – no.
suddenly, like the sun bursting through the clouds, the thing took off.
Twenty thousand words turned into thirty turned into …
Lasso to the Rescue! Worried I’d lost the thread of intention if not the story, I took time to go back and read what I had from the beginning.
I’d started the book with a significant event in mind but wasn’t sure where in the story the event would take place. I worried I’d backed myself into a corner and would have to rip out sections to fix it.
To my relief I ‘d written the book in such a way I could decide later on.
I’d written everything so it could go in either direction.
Rather than just moving on ahead, however, I took time to do research.
- Podcast of Templar Battle Tactics**
- Article on sleeping habits of horses
Redemption continues to evolve, dragging me along for the ride.
But I’m holding on.
This Dragon Core story which is a full-length novel that will – as promised – be put under the Bite Size Pieces umbrella will be available for purchase Autumn 2020.
I will work on a landing page in the coming weeks.
**To listen to the podcast by JStephen Roberts click here.