It seems that shift in focus was exactly what I have been needing. Mortality, Interrupted is clearly the right book for me to be writing, and right now is clearly the wrong time for me to be writing it. Since switching to the Royal Redemption story and using Rachel Aaron’s Five Plotting Steps from the outset, the story is coming together unbelievably fast! I have come up with a story arc big enough for three books, I believe, and I have the full synopsis of the first book, most of the synopsis for the second and have started on the third (and I generally know how that one will go, also). Rachel Aaron, wherever you are, your methods are worth gold!
Over the next several days I should have all the synopses done and then I’m going to write an outline of the first five chapters of the first book, which I’m calling Royal Redemption. (FYI: “Royal Redemption” is just a working title. I don’t think the final product will be called that, but that’s probably a common thing.)
I tell you what; scaling down to a smaller project has really energized my writing. I haven’t been this excited about writing in maybe more than a year. I can’t wait to be finished with the synopses and outlines so I can start writing! Now that I’m figuring out what these characters do, I want to watch them in my mind’s eye, hear them talk, be in their world with them. I want to go to places like Locust Grove to hear leaves rustling under Kara’s feet as she dashes out of the sight of the village militia, head over to Millington to catch the gentle snort of Lord Andrew’s horse as he returns from checking on his tired men, then on down to Tilghman to hear the sizzle of a boar turning on a spit as the fat melts and drips into the fire during the sweltering afternoon of a Midsummer’s revel. By God, this place is alive!
I can’t wait to start exploring!