The Sword of Justice: An Update

I just finished writing out the original outline (after a fashion) for The Sword of Justice. I have a better idea of the general drive of the story.

The basic story? A lone battle-worn wizard takes on a former street urchin as an apprentice in his search for pieces of a sword of power.

Now I just need to fine tune the story. What I am seeing in this manuscript is that my dad was rushing to get to the next scene and was brushing over things that should have been described. What does this mean? It means that I now have a bunch of really cool scenes that I need to write in order to bolster the story. It also means that this may not be just one story. But that’s not for me to say yet. I still have to rewrite the outline to it’s shiny new version.

July News

Eep! I really meant to write in here sooner, but at least I can say it was for a good reason that I haven’t.
I’ve been working on the outline for the manuscript for The Sword of Justice. Yes, the manuscript has already been written, but it needs to be reworked and that means starting at ground zero and rebuilding. I’m keeping most of the story, but I am going to be smoothing out the pacing and writing out some of the scenes which were glossed over but needed telling.
My current worry? That this may mean the book will be unwieldy and that I will have to break it up into smaller books. But that is getting ahead of myself. Right now? I just need to get the outline finished.

The Sword of Justice – A Work in Progress

This is the journal dedicated to ideas based on my Dad's stories.
This is the journal dedicated to ideas based on my Dad’s stories.

I recently bought this cool journal dedicated entirely to story ideas based on my dad’s books. I want to be inspired to write in it so I wanted it to be very cool and a joy to write in. (and it is!)
Basically, I have just begun my journey on the rewriting process. Mine is slightly different than most as these are not my characters. One of the things that I am learning is that these characters must become mine. I need to take charge of the story and get it in order because there is no one else to do this. I want to be faithful to what my dad would have wanted. But at the same time, I’m feeling that I want to put some of my own thoughts in here. This is where the balancing act is.
There are some aspects of The Sword of Justice that are gentle and subtle but part of me wants to accentuate them and make them more bold. I’m worried that may ruin part of the story though. For example, the fact that I am dealing with a story that has a lot of magic users but frankly, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of magic use. That bothers me….a lot. I want to go more in depth with this society and go into how much magic there is and why. Also, I want a more defined magic system or magic systems. But what if in doing this I break the story?
I tell you what happens, I go back to the previous draft and start again. For now, I will listen to the wise words of my editor and just write.

Summer/June Update

Hey everyone! I’m back again and so are the recommendations from my editor. What did she say? I have a lot of work ahead of me.

So for the foreseeable future, I will be toiling away to whip the manuscript for The Sword of Justice into shape so that it can be the best book that I can make.

As I work through the story, I’ll try to give quick updates to let you know where I am in the story, along with other interesting tidbits that I run into as I go. But I figured that I’d give you all a quick update to let you know what’s going on.

Update!

As I am working on formatting manuscripts (basically getting them so they are in English rather than computer OCR gibberish), I’ve come across several scenes in the stories which are triggering memories.

I remember hearing my father tell me some of these stories as bedtime stories when I was young.

I also remember being absolutely terrified as my father told me about the evil werewolves in one of the stories.

A werewolf of Alsban.

What Am I Up To?

It’s the end of January and February is about to begin. What am I doing right now?

At the moment I am about to start unboxing another manuscript. This is a literal unboxing. I’ll show you what I mean in a quick video. The name of this story is called the Chronicles of Avantir I have no idea what it is about (mom, don’t tell me, I’ll find out as I read it).

But wait! Wasn’t I working on The Sword of Justice manuscript before Christmas?
What’s going on?
Well, I am getting the manuscript ready to send to an editor who I am hiring to help me make sure that I am on the right track with my edits.
As I have more updates on this manuscript, I’ll let you know.

It does seem like I am skipping around a lot on projects, but also bear in mind that these have all been written for the most part. Some of them just need more work than others. Also, as I’ve stated in a previous post, my process will be different from a writer. It will be more like an editor for many of the stories with the occasional writing foray into some of my father’s worlds. The work is just beginning.