The Elusive Novel & Who Was At the Temple

I’ve been working on my elusive fantasy novel. I have avoided it for too long, primarily because my villain and I were not seeing eye-to-eye about her behavior. However, I think I am finally back on speaking terms with all of my characters. We may not agree, but we’re on speaking terms.

I’ve decided to simplify the novel’s perspective. Instead of writing from each character’s viewpoint and shifting around, I am going to return to the original concept and just follow the main character. At least for the time-being. I think this is going to make more sense. It’s also going to facilitate something I really struggle with in my writing: Keeping Secrets. Writing from one perspective will, I think, cause the reader to ask more questions; and it may be, in the end, that only Koon, Steve, and I know who else was at the Temple on that fateful day.

I am struggling, however, with age propriety. I have already made the characters older than they were in my very first draft for believability’s sake, but I sense that they are still behaving older. It may require some tweaking, but I suppose it will have to wait for my beta readers.

Interestingly, I met one of my brother’s students and she had the same name as the Healer in my story. I thought I was being original in my name selection, so this came as a surprise to me. Still, kind of cool.

Where does it end? In an episode of NCIS, DiNozzo gives McGee grief about not knowing how his story is going to end. I laughed, but the truth is that I know a lot of writers who don’t know how their story will end. It’s more common than I would have expected. Still, it concerns me. If I don’t know where it ends, I won’t know where to stop. I am so in love with this world and these people that I fear I would just keep writing and writing and writing and…and someday realize that I’ve outwritten the story I started with.

So. Anybody have a suggestion for an ending? 🙂

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2 Responses to The Elusive Novel & Who Was At the Temple

  1. Steve says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I don’t want to scare you, but you may be on the verge of writing a series of novels bases on the characters you’ve so far presented. (If you think one novel is a difficult process, imagine writing a quadrilogy! 😉 I also thought it was best that you increased the ages on your younger characters- especially Maella. I’ve read again the last snipet that you sent me, and it does work better. Something you might want to consider, though, is whether a young girl with at least bruised, if not fractured, ribs could easily shoot a bow without a great deal of pain. You may want to consult one of the medical people you now work for. However, if she winces at each pull of the bow, with the overwhelming desire is to protect her people at all costs, this would show the extent of that love. A longer recovery time might be necessary though before she goes traveling about as a healer’s apprentice. Just a helpful thought. I was also glad to receive an email from you. “Thanks for noticing,” says Eyore. I’m available if you need me. Until then…


    • semmie says:

      Hi Steve,

      In fact, you’re right–there is much that needs to happen between the first chapter and the bow/arrow scene. With changing the perspective to Mae only, I have a lot more to accomplish and I’m taking much more time to accomplish it. I am not “scrapping” the work I’ve already shared with you; I am reworking it, 1: from Mae’s perspective, and 2: to incorporate things I didn’t initially realize were happening–though I am somewhat sad to lose the scene between Davon and Ixy after all the hullabaloo. Once I have finalized my outline (which I’ve been working diligently on since writing this blog), I will send it your way for thoughts, insights, suggestions, etc., assuming you don’t mind. 🙂

      Anyway, as for a series or quadrilogy?…hahaha. There are characters swarming my brain, involved in this mess, that even *you* haven’t met. This whole thing will likely never be publishable; but it sure is fun.


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