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When Characters Takeover the Plot

In talking with other authors, I often find that some of their favorite stories are about times when their characters takeover the plot.

Full MapI was working on the manuscript for book three, The Light of Ak’ron, this week when I realized that the heroes of Torrence and Lithlillia were about to retrace the steps that most of them took in The Legend of Jerrod.  I spent a couple of days going back through the first book of the Kingdom of Torrence series, recording the timeline. In The Legend of Jerrod, Jerrod and his friends  started their adventures in Torrence, went through Lithlillia after some misadventures in the Black Forest, and then proceeded north to the Fjord of Menduran.

Empowered by my refreshed memory of the timeline, I sat down anxious to write the next scene for book three. I gathered the characters, described the scene, and began the dialog. They had already assumed that the object of interest was is the realm of the Dark Elves. As an author I prepared to lay out the dialog in which they were going to discuss traveling north to Sismen Pass, which they figured was a good starting point for their search. As my fingers began typing out the scene that I had spent more that two days preparing, Imelrinn, an ancient Mountain Elve (Elf), spoke up, “I can show you the way. I fought there once as a young man.

I had too laugh. Authors have to follow the personality of the characters and the logic of the story-line/plot. When I created Imelrinn, part of his history was participating in the Elven-Dwarven Wars centuries before. As he grew older he became the guardian of the princesses of Lithlillia. The Kingdom of Torrence series starts with Imelrinn watching over his third charge, the half-Elven druid princess, Rhonda. In The Light of Ak’ron the friends must seek out a threat to both the kingdoms of Torrence and Lithlillia, among other challenges that arise in the course of events.

 

May 27, 2013 – Writing This Weekend

It has been a busy weekend. I started the first draft of Amanda’s Quest. I finished the Prologue and Epilogue, and nearly completed the first chapter. The sequel to The Legend of Jerrod starts with Amanda alone on a ship as it crosses the Fjord of Menduran toward the city of Ornholtz while Jerrod and the others seek the secret treasure lost in Terrace Xul.

I wrote on the Facebook fan pages  about a remarkable experience I was privileged to share. A middle school student has been reading The Legend of Jerrod. He was reported back several times a week where he was in the book. “I am at the forest cottage.” “That Amanda girl is about to climb the cliff.” But what I will never forget was when he said, “It is the best book I have read in a long time.”

There are a lot of reasons why authors write. Some for money. Some simply to share a story. Some to relieve stress through their expressions and creativity. And many, many more reasons. It has been my greatest hope that I could publish a story that readers enjoyed, purely for enjoyment. Never did I anticipate have a profound influence on readers or being able to share in that moment that, hopefully, they will carry with them throughout their life. Thank you.

As a final thought on this Memorial Day of 2013, I would like to thank all those serving or have served the United States in the military (active and reserve) and the Coast Guard. It is by far not a last moment reflection. You and your service remain in my mind. And in particular I remember those in the United States Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marines with whom I served.

 

 

March 29, 2013 – This Week

Wow, I have really felt the urge to write I mid-week post. I love it when I “have to” write. So, here I sit putting “pen to paper”. I wanted to write when I got home last night, but, as discussed on Twitter this week, it is 3:00 am and here I sit…

First, I created a book give-away on Goodreads.com this week. I am giving away 5 books in the United States at the end of April. I hope to give more away for Canada and Europe in the following month or two so please, stay tuned.

I have really been living the life of an author this week…. very chaotic. With that chaos goes a rise and fall in the interests of my book, The Legend of Jerrod, which is the first book in the Kingdom of Torrence series. An author’s emotions flow with the ebbing interests.

Most of the authors I have spoken with write for one reason; they love to write. It is stark realization to find that at the end of the book there is a business side that must be managed. Just to prepare a book for publishing there are editors and publishers that you must coordinate changes between. It is much easier to write the manuscript than to review it. But when it is all done and the publisher has the book for print you breath a sigh of relief thinking, “it’s done!”

I write because I enjoy creating a story that readers might enjoy. But writing has an unexpected consequence. The cost of “writing” may not be much. To make the storyline of the book available so that readers can enjoy it you have to deal with the cost of (self) publishing. It would be great if every author could be picked up by a publisher who wanted to pay for the publishing (we will leave the pros and cons of traditional publishing for another time). So, to share your writing you must publish and to publish you must promote and market your writing. A circle.

It is not that promoting and marketing are bad; they are just time consuming, but this week I have met some marvelous people on Twitter, Facebook, print media (i.e. magazines), and other associations. They have touched my heart and I, I hope, have touched theirs. We have shared emotions of life, memories, and inspirations of various kinds. Some really great quotes came out…

Carmen DeSousa (Twitter @Author_Carmen) quoted Robert Frost, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”

Carla Martinez posted an inspirational image on Facebook. “Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones to rise above them.”

“Measure your success in your child’s reflection, not your money and toys.” D.M. Stoddard (Facebook @kingdom.torrence)

As it nears 4:00 am I will go back to bed. I hope to post some background or excerpts from The Legend of Jerrod this weekend. I need to write some more on book two, Amanda’s Quest. I am working on her reaction to Jerrod’s…

Ops, no spoilers!