Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
I have posted a new version of The Wizard’s Spells…, a.k.a. chapter one of At The Lady’s Behest Comes…., the first book in the Gods Among Men series.
There are not a many changes, but there are some that are quite significant. Most notably, I have begun weaving the importance of Tara Rihtwis into the first chapter. In the process, I made slightly clearer what went wrong when Damon was casting his spell, and what agitated him so afterwards.
Both of these changes were made in response to my insight that I posted about in A Time to Rethink, namely that I need to sharpen the narrative so that the characters of Damon and Tara are front and center. My goal is to make it clear from the very first chapter that the reader should focus on Damon and Tara as the story unfolds, that they are the crucial characters around which everyone and everything revolves.
You can download either a PDF or XPS version of the chapter at http://gods-among-men.com/blog/books/book1.
I do not plan on revisiting this chapter again anytime soon. Not because there isn’t room for improvement, but because it is time to move on and focus on other chapters that desperately need attention. I am currently forcing myself to finish the final edit on chapter two. Once done I shall post it online as well, and announce it in a blog post.
Take care and have fun.