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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

What I Am Working on Now

My current Work In Progress (WIP) is set in the Blood Feud World. This is actually a trilogy idea that I've had for a while, but didn't get going on for a few reasons.

The first delay came because I didn't have a third couple for a trilogy idea. I thought about just doing two couples, but it made the arc unbalanced. It really needed that third story. Then one day as I was looking back on past work that hadn't gone anywhere, I saw one of my old couples and I realized I still wanted to write them.
It was a new experience, bringing a couple from a previous world into different one. The characters changed because their life experiences had changed who they were. We are a sum of our experiences after all. And the hero's name also changed, which was also interesting to me. Those of you who follow this blog know that I don't get to pick my characters' names. They tell me who they are.
The project's second delay came in because the other two couples—the ones who were in the story for a while and waiting for the third couple—weren't working. Oh, I tried to make them work, but there was no chemistry between them. So I swapped them.
That was another new experience for me and I was afraid they'd balk, but they didn't. The new pairings work much better and there's actually heat now.
The final big delay came in with book order. I put together a series overview and I struggled with the arc. It wasn't coming together in a logical way and it felt off. I also had a great deal of trouble getting my h/h to kick off the series. Then one Saturday, I had an epiphany—switch the books around. I debated, though. I hadn't needed to do this before either, but when my writing buddies suggested the same thing, I decided to do it.
First, I rewrote the series overview and switching the stories around eliminated some of the big issues I wash having with the arc. Then I started working on the new opening story and it's actually going fairly well. I was hoping to have a draft done by the end of the month, but I'm not going to make it.

It's okay, though, because I figured out a few things as time passed and I think it's improving the story. Sometimes time for things to percolate in the subconscious is good.