A couple of months ago I finished the first draft of Wildwood and put it on the backburner for two months so it would be fresh when I went through to edit it. Yesterday marked the two months as up, but I won’t be returning to it straight away as I’m working on the related projects as the moment and they will help form what needs to be changed in that book. I thought now would be a good time to update you on what I’ve been doing in all that time, besides writing up the lore of a world.
Cinder – the first short story was finished and has had four out of its nine sections edited. It deals with some dark stuff but has quite a bit of humour to it. The story is mostly a journey as a man tries to make it home to his family, and some of the landscape (as well as the history behind it) will be shown off in this. I’ll be working on editing that fully over the coming weeks.
Forge – the second short story was finished and has had five of its ten sections edited. This is a bit more serious in its presentation, but there is still some (mostly cynical and sardonic) humour to be found in it. This takes a look at city life as well as some mythology in the world. I’m editing that alongside Cinder, going through alternating sections in each.
Dreadful – the third short story has sections that are twice the size of the other stories, so far. This is by far the story which has the most humour, almost to the point of being slapstick. It chiefly deals with magic in the world and the way mages interact with the outside world. I’m about halfway, maybe two thirds, done writing this tale and loving the characters I’ve created in it. I had so much fun with one of them that I rewrote the lore to include more of his kind.
Once I’m done with Dreadful there are two other short stories that I’ll be working on as well. I’d assumed that these stories would be standalone at first, yet they’re tying together into a more flowing narrative as I write. The connection isn’t always apparent but, by the time the reader has reached the end of all of them, the background events in play will have brought the characters together for their later appearance in Wildwood.
And then I’ll go back to the book and start editing that, with all the specific language, culture and lore that I’ve created in these shorter tales ready to call upon if I need to.