by Shelt Garner
One of the most annoying things to happen to me during the course of all these years of working on this project has been people who have told me to “just write.” I have found that plotting really fits my personality far better than “just writing.”
Now, here I am, plotting six novels.
But the key thing I’ve realized of late is how important developing character is. So, that’s something I’ve really been dwelling on and reading about (again). It’s character that causes the reader to want to invest in the novel to the point that they’re willing to spend a number of hours with it to finish it.
My overall writing and storytelling ability continues to improve. But there remains a severe learning curve. I need to take a deep breath and focus on both the macro arc of the story over six novels and the more specific issues found within each individual novel.
But, overall, it’s a lot of fun.
Having six novels to flesh out is very demanding creatively and keeps me on my toes.