Round One: THOLAC

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In a new writing update, I’m closing in on the finish line of THOLAC. For those of you who don’t know, that stands for The House of Lust and Candor. As a pantser/gardner, I don’t make outlines and know all the details along the way. To me, this stifles creativity. Sitting down and just writing, having the vaguest idea of where I’m going produces something much more organically for me. That said, if you’ve found what works for you, stick with it.

So, during this writing phase, I knew I had a plot hole. Well, not so much a plot hole, but a gaping, unspoken question that you couldn’t ignore. In fact, it was an integral question to the whole plot and series. “Why didn’t this character do this? That would make the most sense!” And that’s when I realized I was in trouble. I had to answer this question for the rest to click into place. It’s not so much as writing into a corner, it was writing a building with one side missing.

You might ask, “Well, why didn’t you have the character do that? Seems like the easiest choice!” And you might be right, but it went against everything I was building. So, I did what any good writer would do in my shoes. I started working on something else, and I put the story and the conundrum onto the back burner. Granted, this new project I was working on was part of the book/trilogy/series, but had no direct impact on it. And during this world-building item, the answer came to me.

Now that I have my answer, I’m moving full steam ahead with THOLAC. The first draft is almost done. I have two or three more chapters and an epilogue to write. Granted, this book won’t be hitting the shelves anytime soon, but it’s nice to have a project under my belt. I’ll probably end up trying the Brandon Sanderson method for this book, and that is to rewrite it at least five times. I know there are bolts to tighten, details to render, and some characters that need a lot of work to flesh out and make unique, but I’m really happy with this first iteration.

So, what’s on the agenda after the completion of the first draft? Glad you asked. There are a number of projects that have been tumbling in the back of my mind. The first prominent one is The Demon’s Fate sequel. The second is a sequel to the novella The Dark Portal. I’ve been tossing around ideas for that one. If and when a sequel comes out for The Dark Portal, it will be a nonlinear story, meaning that it will not follow the folks in the first book.

That’s it for this round, short and sweet. I shall return…

If you enjoyed this content, check out my books, The Bearer of SecretsThe Demon’s Fate, The Dark Portal, and For Heathens of Heaven on Amazon. All works are available on Kindle Unlimited, eBook, and print. Reviews can be found on Goodreads and Amazon.

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