Friday, September 2, 2016

Revised Lucid Ready for Review

After three months of almost nonstop editing and writing, I've finally completed the updates to Lucid and sent it out for beta review. Now I think I need to say a few words about this.

I originally pulled Lucid because I couldn't make the next book in the series work with what I had already written. At first I was only going to do minor changes, but a funny thing happened during the process. Laec started talking to me. Not the quasi two-dimensional half-breed of the original book, but the real person behind the character. He came to life. I could hear his voice in my head as his story began unspooling in front of me--his history, his fears, his flaws, his strengths, his motivations, his desires. He was made flesh. And with each layer I revealed, I fell more in love with him as a character.

It took three months to complete the rewrite of an existing novel because I was also writing synopses and scenes for all the upcoming novels in the entire series. As a result, I now have every book in the series plotted, as well as the opening and closing scenes for each written, including the very last scene of the very last book. And while I know I'll discover new things about my characters along the way, as I did in this book, I know exactly where the journey is going to end. And one of the fun parts about that is being able to plant Easter Eggs along the way.

I'm proud of this book now. As a novelist, how often can you say that you love every line in your book? And yet, that's how I feel now with Lucid. Every word has been carefully selected and placed exactly where I want it, providing the perfect springboard for the rest of the tale.

This will not be a series of related books. It is a tale, from here to there, with each book playing its part to tell the complete story. But it's now a story I know from beginning to end, and I can't wait to tell it.