When my stories evolve from one draft to another there’s little that’s as thrilling as witnessing the stages of improvement. That’s the big picture. Looking closer, there are the insights that lead to positive changes to characters, creatures, and settings. I don’t know about everyone else, but there’s a limit to what I can brainstorm.
At some point characters have to interact with their environment for me to gain insights into both.
I could choose countless examples to talk about here, but one of the best comes from A River in Each Hand. As a novel, I’m not sure any has transformed so much from one draft to another. Some of that might be because it was my first sequel written. Some it might be because of how sick I was when I drafted it.
The reason doesn’t matter as much as the results.
Looking at the novel, which I’m currently editing, there are any number of locations I could talk about. Most, though, I came close to having right the first time around.
The biggest challenge, and the novel’s showcase, was the ancient city of Meldenphire. In the first novel, Trust in the Forgotten, I’d visited ruins a couple of times, but those were small locations playing limited parts in the story. Meldenphire dominates over half the novel. Too, Meldenphire is an active participant in the story…
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