In my current work in progress (the almighty #WIP) I’m delving into multiple characters having spotlight chapters. Its a step away from how I wrote Origins of the Black Idol – where everything the reader experienced was taken from Julius’ perspective.
The purpose of changing gears in the follow up piece is really two fold. First, its a challenge to myself as a writer, upping the difficulty, even if that’s perceived as only a slight one. Stagnation leads to stasis, and my work as a writer needs to be the exact opposite. I have to keep the creative energy flowing, and the easiest way for me to do that was to give myself what I call “the second rail”
The second protagonist in this story is wildly different than the first, so much so, when I write for them I do it in a different setting. They aren’t on the same paper or even the same document yet, because I want to maintain each character’s unique voice. This process has allowed me to develop each one in their own literary petri dish, and the effects have changed the way I’ll move forward with any future piece like this.
The other reason for changing it up was for the benefit of the reader. I received some solid feedback from my first novel ARC’s and the post release reviews as well. J Miles Wagner brought it up in his review of Origins, when he said,” It improves significantly in its back half, with the introduction of additional nemeses and conflicts. “
Conflict is part of human existence, some might say the very essence of it. No matter what we do throughout the day, we are in conflict with something, someone, or some base instinct. Showing how Julius dealt with physical conflicts in the first part of the book, and then transitioned to internal conflicts in the middle, then finally ending with a clash of competing wills.
With the events of the second book having such a major impact in the world they take place in, I believed it was necessary to show it from multiple viewpoints, as not everyone would see it the same way. History is written by the victors some say, but its also interpreted by different groups in different ways. A country acting as liberators could be seen as tyrants to a third observer. I’m hoping to challenge my own thoughts on how history was written during the second piece.
As always, injecting otherworldly entities and their ilk would be there for the reader to explore. Flipping the world on its hinges gives me the opportunity to unleash my own special creations on the characters and see what happens.
More updates as they happen.