TRYING SOMETHING DIFFERENT
I'm Robert E Kreig and I make stuff up.
I've just completed a draft of the Warlords of Woodmyst and have sent it to my editor, who is probably going through each line, each letter, each little punctuation mark with her proverbial red pen as I jot this down.
By the way, Sally... If you get to read this, you're the best.
So now I can say, I've created a whole new world with strange characters and have come to a point where I feel satisfied with the story. That doesn't mean I'm finished with it, yet.
I will return to Woodmyst.
In the meantime, I've decided to take a vacation from the Fantasy realm and try delving into something a little more realistic, but no less horrifying.
I'm finding the experience a little difficult as I've returned to work (teaching full time) and the balance of sitting down to write fiction or prepare lesson plans is causing some restlessness.
Another issue I'm having is researching for the new book.
In Woodmyst, I could simply make most of it up. It's fantasy, make believe.
The new book, however, takes place in a fictional town, but within our world within the realm of realism.
But we're getting there.
In the meantime, I hope people are enjoying th books I've written thus far.
There will be more to come.
All the best.
THE WALLS OF WOODMYST GOES LIVE
This week has been an exciting one.
After weeks and weeks of waiting for the final touch ups, The Walls Of Woodmyst is live on Amazon and iBooks.
It's the first in a ongoing series. I won't dare say that I intend to stop revisiting Woodmyst in future novels because I do like visiting the place once in a while.
The Walls Of Woodmyst was also my very first attempt at writing in the Fantasy genre. I don't know if I was truly successful at sticking to the format of most other writers of the genre as I expanded into areas of suspense, action and horror a few times throughout the tale.
The main thing that stuck out for me when I was writing this book were the twists that my characters took me on. Unexpected twists.
Just when I thought that I knew where the story was going (and yes, I did some planning beforehand) a character would take a turn and change the direction of the narrative.
For those who have read The Walls Of Woodmyst... Yes, the big twist was one of the ones that took me by surprise.
I loved it when my own creation took me for this ride. Absolutely brilliant!
It just proved to me that no matter how much planning we may do, no matter how much preparing you undergo, someone or something is just silly going to come and wreck it all, and sometimes for the better.
My advice to any aspiring authors, independent writers or hobby novelists like myself is to let your characters direct you.
Yes, plan your book. Perhaps a beginning middle and end. But be prepared to go anywhere. Once your characters get their voice, they will tell you what they want to do and it isn't always what you want them to do.
Robert E Kreig