I'm inching closer and closer to being able to write the next section of The Paladin. I've been working out a lot of the ins and outs during travel time, something I've had a lot of recently. I still have to get a few documents scanned and emailed on that front, and that's been giving me the opportunity to daydream about my story.
It's pretty fun watching a scene come together. I'm reusing a lot of the scenes from the last edit of the manuscript, but I'm tweaking things to make them fit with the new narrative. It's great watching everything slot into place as I slowly figure out where I need to put my antagonist as which points and what things are going on in the background.
I'm someone who insists on knowing everything that's happening in the background of my story before I write it. I need to know where the villain is, where the hero is, what everyone wanted to do, all before I feel confident in writing the story out. I suppose I don't necessarily need to know everything that's happening in the background, assuming all that stuff isn't going to be elaborated on in the narrative, but I feel like it really informs the motives and decisions of the characters. I need to know why the antagonist is doing what they're doing so I know where I can logically put them.
I know that in a story I have complete control. I can just say that certain things happen, but I feel like I owe my potential readers more than that. I know I nitpick when I watch movies and read books, so I can't help but think that my readers will likely do the same thing. I need to have all the facts out there so I can make sure they have as little to pick nits about as I can manage.
But I suppose that is all to say that I am getting closer and closer to my new rewrite getting started. I'm excited about the new lore that I'll be exploring and all the new events my characters will be experiencing. I think the whole thing will make the second half of this little experiment come out all the better.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.