(Image: Chapter 12, Bennie, Perce, Gem, and Sean watch from the water tower as the city goes dark.)
Oh man, I'm super excited to post this chapter because, technically speaking, this was the first chapter of the story I ever wrote.
Obviously this isn't the exact same version; the drafting and rewrite process has run its course. But I kid you not; when I first came up with the idea of the Guardians trilogy this was the first scene I wrote with the characters: The San Antonio Split-Second Blackout. I knew I needed to go back and write the beginning, of course, but I needed to get a feel for the characters I had just created. Everyone in my family knew "Be the werewolf!" before they even knew the plot line.
Hmm, maybe I should get that on a T-shirt...
All that to say, beginnings are hard to write. I'm a pretty big stickler for writing in chronological order (and I'll blog about why sometime in the future), but I never truly write the start until I'm sure I'm going to finish. If you can't ever seem to get past page 1, maybe you should try starting on page 100 and come back.
Just figure out what works for you. After all, what counts is that you have a beginning, middle, and end to your story when it's complete. Otherwise, it's not!
(Image: Chapter Eleven, dark forces create a rend in space-time.)
A short blog to go with a short chapter. The pressure is on--Bennie's got some major deadlines to meet!
Speaking of deadlines (I hope I haven't already spoken about this and forgotten), I was talking with my coworker about how we both actually like deadlines. I know a lot of people find them stressful, but really, they're only stressful when you leave the work to the last minute. They can actually be super useful tools in your personal life, when you have projects you want to do, but aren't being required to do, by school, or work.
if you have a habit of neglecting your own personal work because you don't have anyone waiting on it, set your own deadlines, and get a friend or family member to hold you accountable to them. A good resource for that is NaNoWriMo. I used NaNoWriMo unofficially to finish my third novel, back in 2011. If that's too much of a challenge for you just yet, aim for a chapter a week.
You can do it!
(Image: Chapter Ten, Esla tests out Bennie's powers.)
Heyo! The next chapter is up for y'all.
Esla is a fun character for me, but I had a hilarious twist happen regarding him recently.
So I was in a writing group (I technically still am but I'm not active as I don't have any new material for them right now), and when I brought this chapter to the group, one of the guys, who reads WAY more into things than I write, was convinced that I only brought his "soft" side in as a red herring to keep everyone from suspecting he was secretly a villain. I laughed so hard I cried.
Spoiler/not really a spoiler: Esla isn't secretly a villain. There IS a plot twist around Guardian leadership but it's not that good. I'm not that clever.
On that subject, if you're trying to write and you feel like you're not being sneaky enough, don't worry about it. You don't have to write something game-changing. Maybe you will, but that shouldn't be your goal. All you have to do is tell your story, and have fun doing it. Your enjoyment in the writing shows through--I can tell a book that was hard to write over one that wasn't simply by how difficult I find it to read.