I’ve completed rough drafts of chapters 1-4 of my novel. They will still need some tweaking as the storyline develops, but I’m fairly pleased with what they accomplish. I’m basically finished with the “setup” story that sends the main character on his journey, so now begins the “meat” of the tale.
There is much to do, as I have many different appendix stories to finish, detailing different aspects of the world that need to be known for a complete understanding and appreciation of the story, but do not necessarily fit into the actual storyline. They include histories of past battles that impact the story but are out of the time frame, like the Battle of Haragoth. A missive on religion in Cadonia so the reader can understand the structure of the gods, as they play a part in the tale. Also, a history of the Oris stone, a central fixture and the reason for the main character’s journey will be included as well, but probably will fit into the plot line somewhere in chapter 5. I may include something as well about how time is kept in this world, but it’s more so just for extra explanation.
All of these things will need to be completed by the finish of this first book, so that the reader doesn’t have to wait for the 3rd book to be finished to enjoy the story. The map is also taking shape as the story unfolds. An early version should be ready for when the first book is done, but it will be revised as the 2nd and 3rd books add to the locations.
I plan on just writing the story, loosely breaking it into chapters where is feels natural, but I may go back and combine chapters in order to not clutter the contents page, as chapters seem to be 10-15 pages long at this point. I’ll be going back and adding more and more descriptions where I feel they will do benefit to the story, but I have no intention of just writing more to make the book longer. The story should be only as long as it needs to be, and no longer. Remember, it’s often not what is included, but what is left out that makes something good.
I’ll keep you all updated as things progress, as I’ve been on a roll lately and am pleased with how things are shaping up.