While Raven is stepping out on submission, I’ve decided to turn my efforts to his sequel, Gwenolwyn and the Crystal Vault. This was my NaNoWriMo project last November, and while I “won” NaNo by hitting 50,000 words, I have not finished the first draft of Gwen’s story.
In addition, I sort of went off the rails around 30,000 words and most of what followed will need to be scrapped.
So where to start?
I’m starting by stepping back and deciding what story I want to tell.
I’m brainstorming. I’m letting go of what the manuscript is and looking at what it could be. Once I figure that out, I’ll pick up roughly where I left off, but tell the story as it should have been. When I reach the end, I’ll go back and retell the beginning until I meet myself in the middle. (Hey, it worked for Raven.)
I’m not worrying about how much work it will take to incorporate some of the ideas I’ve come up with. After all, watering a live plant is much more productive than watering a dead one.
Gwen’s story is more complicated than Raven’s. It gets darker. It gets more dangerous. But I want to tell it.
I’ll keep you posted.
P.S. Happy Independence Day! Our country is far from perfect, but it’s the only United States of America we’ve got.