The process for this book was a few well a bit more than a few years in the making. Though I would say that most great books tend to come from struggle and pains inflicted on the writer as they mature. I am not stating that it is needed but most great works come from these things. From that I decided to write a book that focused on a torn life. I wanted people to not only feel what the characters were going through but in a sense become enveloped and forced to live it as if they were the characters. This being my first true novel I was willing and able to hold nothing back. I wanted the symbolicism and reality that the character was going through to be the motivator of the story. In a sense I was making one of my main characters real and alive. We as people do not narrate our lives for if we did then we would notice the monotony that is our lives.
In the beginning of my book the character Mark is piecing together the story of his life. In a way I force my reader to relive a life that was never theirs and put in place the actuality of what a person who has had a very life changing experience must go through if they are to regain some semblance of a normal life.
I introduce my second character Masumi and in fact the Heroine of the story only after my male lead is well established in his routine and the reader has gotten used to the book being about him. For this story is egocentric just like life. Though since it is fantasy and it is part of a series I was trying not to push it to fast to give a sense that the story can continue and I am not just prolonging it where a reader would say that I have given up and reverted back to a common way of story telling.
I was after all creating not just a fantasy story but in my mind a new way to tell it.
In creating the world I found that I did not need and or want a full vibrant cast to help my protagonist along. There was no Hagrid to keep my characters safe. There was just the reality of important cast that well was needed as in every great fantasy. There are the good guys, there are the bad guys, and there are my main characters the loved one and the heroine stuck in between. To that much every story needs but the style in which a story is told is very important.
For as in life we tend to live within our thoughts we do not really listen to the people talking about us. We imagine what things are as we see them. Who hasn’t looked out a window and just wondered if mountains were really in fact sleeping titans of old. That is the kind of imagery and story telling I wanted the reader to have.
I then plotted out my chapters which as I was writing some were split and others merged. I don’t know but I am particular with round numbers. Everyone has their own little quirks and I have mine. I wanted ten chapters. In the end I think I got eleven. I wrote five just 5 pages of each chapter. When I got to the end I dismantled my book and wrote it again. This time I wrote my book as two the first 5 chapters which ended up becoming six and my last five. This gave me in a sense a clear jump from on the life aspect of characters. I was able to deliver in a way the fantasy through the daily lives of my characters. But there was also a jump to when the fantasy world would open up. This provides a good sense for the reader and in a sense speeds up the story. Fantasy tends to be fast and just fiction tends to slow life down a bit.
High adrenaline scenes can’t dominate the fullness of a book or else you would be left with a very bad story with great fight scenes. In a sense finding a balance is great and even more giving the readers a way to connect to the story and say this is life like is great. Then like a flip of a coin you turn that life into fantasy and I think it can lead to people re-connecting to the fantasies of old and not just the main stream media fantasy that we get today.
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