Last week I finished writing the second book of the Scorched Earth trilogy, Scorched Earth: Takeover and I’ve already begun working on the third book, Scorched Earth: Revolution, while I’m going through the final editing stage of Takeover and waiting for the cover.
I’ve discussed some of my creative process previously, but now, having just started a new book, I’m hoping to give you regular updates as I create the final book of the trilogy, and move into the next phase of the Fire Angel Universe.
As I begin to write Revolution, I already have a bit of a head start since I’ve been writing bits of random scenes as the ideas came to me. So, on the first day, I was easily able to reach the first thousand words in total.
One of the things I learned during the writing course I did was to start with a basic framework of thirty chapters, then add or delete chapters as necessary. Well, as I wrote for those first couple of days, it quickly became apparent that I was going to need extra chapters. I could already see that there wasn’t going to be much room for the middle of the story before it would crash into the end. As you can imagine, with a story this size there’s a lot to wrap up as well as lots to set up for what’s to come next. The first half of the book was the same. Since I have quite a number of characters I have to introduce, the beginning threatened to crash into the middle of the story. Now the book has grown from thirty chapters to forty-eight to give me more room to work. Who knows, there could be even more to come!
With my method of jumping around between the various chapters as I write, I now have a reasonably clear idea of what’s going to happen in the middle/end of the book. I’ve already finished one of the end chapters, and this has me quite excited as it’s one of the chapters that sets up not only the first book after the Scorched Earth trilogy but also points to where it’s leading. I’ve also finished the second half of the final chapter. As you can imagine, I’m delighted to have made some significant progress so quickly. Long may it continue.