Sunday, 16 March 2014

Too big for one novel

When I first wrote Dark One's Mistress, it was to be a standalone. As I went through the edits, I knew there was more of Clara's story to be told. Which led to Dark One's Wife.

But since writing 50,000 words on Dark One's Wife in November (on top of the 25k I already had), I find myself in a peculiar state of mind. After much thinking I've come to the conclusion that my Duology may in fact need to grow into a Trilogy. At the moment, I've got the inciting incident happening at chapter ten which is halfway through the story, and that's with holding back all the stuff I want to show. The longer I think about it, the more rushed it feels, like I've only shown the highlights. Seems foolish as the first eleven chapters currently happen over a few days, how could it possibly be rushed? But there you go.


So the answer there is to write the little scenes that keep popping up whilst I deal with the whole terrifying mess of releasing two books on top of real life's woes. If applied, it would not only require massive rewrites (not bothered there), but will likely up the word count another 25k. That's not ever including what I'd need to write to get the last two chapters finished.

I guess that makes Dark One's Wife book three now, with Dark One's Bride being book two...

6 comments:

  1. SAME exact thing happened to me. 50K words has turned into a 100k+ word a pop trilogy!

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    1. This'll be the second time it's happened. The last time ... well, I wound up with a four-book series, didn't I? ^_^

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  2. Sometimes you just gotta flow with the writing, and figure out the "big picture" later, in editing. I'm sure its nice to know the story still intrigues you :) Congrats on getting so far with it.

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    1. Yeah, I was worried for a while there as it didn't hold me quite as much as the first one did, but now I know why. ^_^

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  3. More Lucias?! :D

    Are the sequels going to be published by Astraea press too?

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    1. Yes, MORE Lucias. Well ... maybe not so much for the last book, but in the second book certainly. He's got to be there to marry her. ^_^

      I'm hoping so. They have the first choice and I don't foresee my characters doing any slides into debauchery (not these ones, anyway), so I don't see why they wouldn't at this point in time.

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