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As I was reading Railroad Rising, I was intrigued by the characters. I also loved the world, the magic and the politics that went on. I also couldn’t help but to draw parallels between the story and our family. At the end of the book, I got this sense that there was more to the story than what was here. How did the queen rise to power so quickly? How convenient it was that the rebels, just “happened” to take out the king. Who was the other magical power on the other side of the rebellion? Will the rebellion strike again? I needed answers to these questions.
I felt that Carrtog’s story was fairly complete. Carrtog was my father’s character. As luck would have it, there was a baby girl born in the novel, Aderyn. Perhaps she could take up her father’s mantle and be able to answer these questions for me. It was Ryn’s Turn.
The story opens with Ryn returning from finishing school and her parents coming back from a visit with the queen. All is not well in the kingdom as some of the balloon scouts along the tracks are being attacked in the same manner as before.
Gryff volunteers to go to the wisemen to see if they have any way of being able to determine what is going on with the scouts and Ryn stows away with him.
As the story progresses, we discover that the Queen murdered her father in order to gain the throne. She used the rebells to gain her power and then promptly forgot about them. Because of this betrayal the rebells launch a new attack on the kingdom.
By the end of the story, I want to know who the other magician was and who the new magician is behind the attacks. I want to know how and why the Queen betrayed her father. I want to find out how Ryn, Carrtog, Adelenger and Gryff save the kingdom.
Writer's conferences. I can't say enough about them. Anyone who writes for comics should be attending them. Even if you are doing both writing and illustrating, you should still attend. At least here in Canada, the writing community is really beginning to understand that comics aren’t going away and that they are a new media, to be explored.
Writer’s conferences, if you aren’t familiar, are conventions for writers and readers, which run workshops on all different aspects of writing (and they are also beginning to have workshops on illustration and art as it relates to book covers and comics).
They are such a great way to meet other writers and pick their brains. You also get to meet the writing community.
Did I mention that you also get to meet publishers and editors?
Anyway, over the course of the weekend, I was convinced to pitch a story idea to my editor. There was a party, there were shots of single malt Scotch… I’m positive this is what all editors do. “Take a shot and then pitch me”
She loved the idea. She wants the story. The problem is, I need to make sure that my writing skills can deliver this story. It’s huge, and there are a lot of subplots that are intertwined.
It can’t be my first novel.
I know this and it was confirmed by my editor.
Me being me, I recalled a saying that I’d heard, “You need to write 10 books before you are ready to be published”
So then I thought to myself, okay, ten books. From there, I managed to trap my publisher and some writers at a dealers table and asked them, what are 10 elements of a story that are essential to highlight the craft of the story?
They gave me 11.
I went back to my editor and told her this. She wanted to know how long I was planning on making them. I initially told her about 40,000 words. She mentioned that they’d really only need to be between 25,000 to 40,000 words. She also felt that I’d likely learn a lot along the way on all of the elements, which goes without saying. She also said that I should post them to Wattpad. Because I need to get feedback on what I’m doing right and what I need to work on.
So, I have a task to do. 11 books. Challenge accepted.