Last week, I faced the realization I’m going to have to rewrite a lot of things to improve book 2 of my series. I’m pretty amped up about it, because I’ve figured out a way to change things to make the hero’s chapters actually tie in to the main plot and the final battle. The gears were turning and the excitement built… and then my mind leapt off into a complete tangent called book 3.5.
I’ll tell anyone I talk to about how this series is 4 1/2 books long. A guy from my critique group jokingly said he’d like to see this half book of mine. I boasted that it only had one POV, to which he responded, “Yeah, but how many characters?” (11 by my count)
Smelted revolves around a girl and how she gets mixed up with the family from the series. Among the characters is Ason, who I consider the perfect subject to bring in everything I love about Steampunk. He invents and tinkers, and based on his history, harnessing the power of steam just seemed like a natural course for him. I figure that since this book takes place 130 years after book 3, it’d be perfectly reasonable for fashion to change to reflect the Victorian style.
Well, thinking about this book brought on some problems. I’m the type of person who likes to figure things out and have logical explanations for why things happen. It drove me to write Ason’s backstory a few years ago just to figure out why he’s on the run from his sister. That had appeased me back then, but now I had new challenges to face. Obsession took control and last week, I typed up a “summary” (if one can call 11K a summary) to lay out everything that happens in this book from start to finish. I had to answer the questions in my head: How were they going to undo what he did and what was done to him so that he and his sister could reconcile?
Short answer: They don’t. He stays the way he is, and there’s no fixing what he did.
This is a major deviation from the original plan. That had included a love story between Ason and Rio (the POV). That’s gone. And her unflagging loyalty to the guy who she knew for about three years and left over a decade ago? Yeah, that’s gone too. Rio’s no longer trying to protect Ason and is now trying to catch him. Everything’s a shade darker.
On the bonus side, it does give me the possibility of having a Happily Ever After for a different character now that Ason’s not hooking up with Rio anymore. 🙂
Have you ever had the outcome of a story change from your original thoughts? Has your quest for logic ever led you down a darker path? Do you think 11K for a summary is a tad excessive?