With my “finished” novel now working its way through the United States and (soon) the Far North, the question arises naturally about what I will do with my now copious amounts of free time.
That was a joke. It’s okay to laugh.
The question arose while shopping with my kids yesterday and Natasha nearly exploded with delight when she suggested, “King’s Quest VI!”
I bought this from our library for $1, some months back, and all my family has been through it but me. It enabled a significant amount of my work to get done while Jay helped the kids with it, and I feel no need anymore to do it myself.
“Or I could start my second novel,” I responded with equal enthusiasm. “No,” she said. “That wouldn’t be as interesting.”
But I did anyway, last night after seeing part of Stranger than Fiction and the pilot of Castle with Jay.
I *love* pilots. I think the best storytelling happens there.
And this novel is going to be an entirely different experience.
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If there is one thing about my first novel I’m not sure how to “fix,” it’s that the story seems more event-driven than character-driven.
Being based based on an established story can do that– one has a sort of check-list to get through.
This next story, Perfection Wasted, gets to be the opposite. This story takes the premise “Every person is the main character in his/her own story,” and looks at a different story that is happening at the same time as part of Linnea’s Journey.
Yes, I know that’s a bland title, but just now, it’s the closest to applicable I’ve come up with.
This one has gets to be character-driven because, other than the events of the first novel it bumps into by proximity, there is no checklist for this story. Only characters.
So far here’s my set of new main characters:
- A princess raised to be a pawn, secretly afraid she’s too smart for her own safety
- A prince raised to be king, hiding that he’s a coward
- The prince’s best friend and body guard, with divided loyalties
- Two evil women– one powerful in magic, the other in influence– and I have yet to see which one will prove worse.
They all exist in Linnea’s Journey, but I carefully avoided giving them POV, and I’m going to seat-of-the pants this one until I can decide if I really want to deal with a war (because that would be the ultimate question: can these people avert/fight/or win a war).
I don’t feel secure discussing politics, even in a novel, so I’ll have to get over that or find a different climax.
I am slightly ashamed to say that Linnea’s Journey does feel a bit like a novel lying in wait for a sequel, but it really was too big to get everything in there at once.
And I really like having a familiar cast to return to and play with.