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The Return, An Update

Posted by Melissa on April 2, 2012 in Books, Random Thoughts, Writing |

For all those who are eagerly awaiting it, I wanted to let you know that progress on The Return is going well and on schedule.  In a couple months I will post some teasers, as soon as I feel that the excerpts are polished well enough to post them.

I love writing this book.  I started writing the end first, simply because of something that happens to too many writers when they are on a deadline.  What happens is that you write and write to get to the end, and because you are burnt out and because of time constraints, you fudge the end and it doesn’t have the big kapow that an end to a series should have.  This is why it is important, at least for me, to write the end first.  Of course, as I wrote it, I kept in mind that certain details might change, but this is characteristic of any chapter in the story.  Until the final draft, all of it is subject to change.

I am hoping that when readers get toward the end, they won’t quit or throw their kindles across the room before finishing the whole thing.  There are a couple of spots that really take you for an emotional roller coaster ride, but the end, I promise, will be good.  At least, I love it.  =o)

I just finished reading Amanda Hocking’s Trylle trilogy, for which I’ve been meaning to write a review, and I noticed that there are a lot of similarities between my story and hers (I would list them here but I don’t want to spoil anything.  I can say, though, that there are no trolls in mine, so that’s different =o)  These similarities served as another reminder to me how two different authors can have similar ideas since my Raie’Chaelia trilogy has been pretty much mapped out since 2007.

(If you’re reading this, Amanda, I want you to know that you have a great mind, girl!  Keep up the good work!)

Anyhow, what is also interesting is that as I go along, new ideas pop into my mind that totally fit the storyline and/or fit something that happened to the characters in the past.  Sometimes even new characters come to mind that play right into a situation perfectly and then I wonder where that person suddenly came from.  This is what Dave Farland meant when he said that the story grows in the telling.  Boy, does it ever!  I can see why it is easy for writers to go off on tangents and lose themselves completely in the writing.  I have to constantly remind myself not to do that.

Speaking of Dave, I want to wrap up this post by telling everyone about Nightingale, his newest release.  I was in the Murray, UT, Costco on Saturday and I saw his book right next to Hunger Games so I had to buy it.  I haven’t bought a print book in years!  I immediately told him that I saw his book and will be reading it starting this week.  I’m pro-ebooks and pro-digital revolution, but sometimes nothing beats sitting by the fire at night and reading a good, old-fashioned print book.

Happy Reading!

~ Melissa

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