It’s been quite some time since my last post, but I am still alive and kicking. My friends on twitter keep asking me where I’m at in my story, and when will I be finished. My first response is “I don’t know”, but I usually give some explanation of where I’m at. The problem is, that while I have been writing and making progress, it’s been in places of the story that are near or at the end.
Here is a list of things I’ve accomplished:
- I’ve written the ending! Yes, that’s what I said, the ending…the problem is that I’m still struggling with the beginning. I’m not quite sure where to begin. Do I start by introducing Daelan’s (Primary Character) personality in a sports or similar format, or do I launch directly into one of his “missions” with some of the other main characters? Decisions, decisions…
- I’ve discovered that this story is long…like really long! It will have to be a series of books just to tell it. I’m both excited and horrified by this giant prospect. I’ve never written a book yet, and the magnitude of this undertaking is a bit overwhelming.
- This is one of the most important discoveries I’ve made so far. I’ve decided to make the story, especially its characters, as real as possible. This means tons of scientific and psychological research are needed for many parts of the books. It’s beyond all the research and notes I’ve already taken. The task is a bit daunting if you ask me. 🙂
So there you have it folks, an update on where I’m at. Hopefully this answers most of the questions. If any of you want more, just ask. I’ll make sure you get an answer…even if it’s one you won’t like. Now, having said that with a smirk on my face, I’ll take my leave.
This is where I am on the first book.
I just wanted to give all those asking an update to my progress. Things have been crazy, and the epiphanies that I’ve had recently are awesome (at least I think so)! Let me give you the rundown of my latest thought process:
So there I was, writing away, when I discovered that my main character was missing part of his personality…
Ok, so I need to work on him a bit. Well, with some of the personality changes I made the plot line needs altering, and so does some of the world….
…no, a whole bunch of the world needs changed…
…woah it really needs a revamp, because the story won’t work the way I had it…sigh…back to the drawing board…
Wow, now it works for that scene…
…omg, this makes it so much better, this story is becoming a tale on epic proportions…the history itself is staggering!
There you have it, I’ve taken a step back on the narrative to work on characters and world building again, but scenes are now flying at me even when I am busy at work. I have to get myself organized and keep notebooks everywhere. This writing thing is starting to become fun.
This is a classic brain-monkey-throws-poo-instead-of-giving-me-the-info-I-need moment! I ‘ve been struggling with a scene where a certain character must make a decision, after receiving some distressing news. <— (Not the main character.) I would like to put a similar scenario up for you to comment on and offer a fresh look from another perspective. In essence you will be contributing ideas for a scene in my story, if you take part.
What follows is the setting, with some questions pertaining to various parts. I would ask for as much description as you are able so that I can view the emotions you might imagine.
You are a ranking official of the CIA.
You have personally trained and befriended one of your lead officers.
You receive an emergency order, from your superiors, about this officer, and others in his team, for crimes of ongoing high treason, murder, espionage, and terrorist activities. You are given video, and other evidence to prove the allegations. You are given the last known whereabouts of the criminal and other officers he has coerced into other similar crimes listed. You have video proof of some of these high crimes and corroborating evidence based on some things he said to you days earlier.
The order calls for the immediate termination of the criminals. Some of the murders are personal friends and/or loved ones, yet these people were some of the most loyal offers you ever worked with in the past.
How would you respond?
To what degree would you pursue the criminals?
Now, say you have located there hideout and found an underground terrorist ring that far exceeds anything you ever imagined. Now you receive communiqué that these ex-officers are high in the chain of this terror cell, but not at its head. You are to eliminate the ex officers, but keep the leader for questioning. How do you respond?
Please give as much of the emotional baggage that you might feel in making the decisions of this scenario, as this is where I ‘m struggling. What would be going through your mind, how would you address your subordinates? In a private moment would you break down?
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