So, after finishing the first draft of Kingdomfall I said I would go back and work on The Kingmaker. And that’s what I’ve done. First off, I had the edit that was done by the lovely woman on Fiverr. But I also have a friend who’s exceptionally good at finding errors in writing. He even champions himself as a grammar nazi. He had a look through my book and managed to help me adjust the majority of the recurring errors that cropped up.
But it also led me to want to add some things to the first book. I decided that I needed more clues. The story itself has direction, it has purpose. But I know it could benefit from a few more questions and hints. There are characters moving in the background that I haven’t shone enough light on. But that’s because I want them in the dark. I want them to be lurking in the background. But I also want you to notice them. Because they’re major players in the grand scheme of things. Maybe you won’t notice. Maybe you won’t pay too much attention to them. But when it all comes together, you might find yourself going back.
And that’s what I want. I want you to have that “WHAT?!” moment. Okay, maybe it won’t be so much like that. I suppose it depends on how into the story you are. We’ll see. For now, I’m going to plant a few more clues in the first book.
It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the first draft of Kingdomfall is done! Hurray! It’s been a long road so far, with a lot of breaks in between. It is finally done, though. But that’s only the first draft. I’ve printed it out, set it aside and have decided to let it cool (something I should have done with The Kingmaker), so it allows me to take a step backwards and look to the first in the series.
The Kingmaker has been left to do its own thing for long enough. Having a few people look through the manuscript has allowed me time to recognise the editing that’s required to fix some of the erroneous commas. Yes, of course, I read the reviews of my books, and editing is something that was lacking with the first book. But, as I’ve mentioned countless times, I don’t have the funds to hire an editor. At least not a professional one. So, I look to beta readers, Fiverr, and friends to help me try and rectify my mistakes.
Although, I have finished the first draft of Kingdomfall, I must turn back and get The Kingmaker in good order. I can’t have the beginning of my series letting down the rest of the books, can I? The answer is no. I’m having fun plotting the course of the story in my head and can’t wait to start work on the next book.
May was an awesome month for my writing. I smashed through my targets while at work and managed to type my way through to chapter 48 of Kingdomfall. Who knew it would be that good? Me. I knew. Since getting this new job, I’ve had a renewed vigour. So, I just thought I’d update you on where I am.
Chapter 48 brings a characters involvement for book 2, to a close. Their arc finishes and also foreshadows the events of book 3. There’s a lot going on. But it’s since I’ve been thinking about book 3 that I came up with the concept of where I want it to go. Book 2 isn’t finished yet, not by a long shot. I still have a few redrafts left to do, but I know where book 3 starts.
Book 3 starts seventeen years later. Things will have changed significantly in some areas, some will have stayed the same. I’m excited for where it’s going. I can see more of the story than I have ever done before. Normally I’m a pantser. Yeah, that’s right, I write by the seam of my pants. Well… trousers. I’m English. George R. R. Martin would also call me a gardener rather than an architect. I plant the seeds and see what happens. I love writing this way, I get to explore my characters more, see how they react. Don’t get me wrong, there are still some things I have to plan out. I just lean more towards gardener.
So that’s my June update, so far. A couple of chapters left and a rewrite of a few to go. Let’s smash this out.