So far, the work on this new trilogy had been the essential embryonic gathering of ideas and seeing where they go.
I get flashes of inspiration and add to the notes, not worrying whether there is any fit or coherence to them, it is just a case of getting it all written down, the making sense stages is some way off yet.
One thing I have noticed is that unlike Fendrel’s Tale, my first trilogy I am getting the whole 3 part story, the “higher plot” at the moment. It is becoming quite clear where the differences are between the three books and the linkage between them is also clear as well as each volume own individual identity.
In Fendrel’s Tale the book was initially one volume at 180,000 words. I felt this was too long ad was actually 2 books, so it got split at around 140,000 words. The second part was almost the whole of volume 2, but it needed much greater depth of plot and characterisation and became its own story at 92,000 words. Volume 3, came to me as a flash of an idea that developed into a fine conclusion to the trilogy, introducing ne challenges and situations to be addressed.
So far, this fact gathering and creative brain dump has taken 5 hours, including the blogging about it. I expect it will be many hundreds of hours (maybe thousands) before the trilogy is complete.
Only time will tell…….