Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Exile Chapter 38 Rewrites

I've finished chapter 38 of the second draft of Exile and it can be downloaded at the botton of this page.

This is the first of three chapters that will be from Lilia's point of view. Up until this point the vast majority of the story has been told from the point of view of two different characters, Silmera and Mal. There's a bit of structured chaos to bringing in a new point of view here and now.

The beginning of this story starts with the points of view of three minor characters, and there's a lot of action and confusion in this beginning. Once that finished up I settled down to tell the story from the view of the two main characters. Now that everything is starting to speed up and get chaotic with the ending action, I'm throwing in points of view from other minor characters to mix things up and make it feel more like things are spinning horribly out of control, while things are literally spinning out of control. When you stray from the way you've previously established that the story will be told, it adds an element of the unexpected to what is happening. Though most readers won't be consciously aware of exaclty what I'm doing, they'll be able to feel that something is different, and dischordant from the way the story has been told up to this point. I'll also be bringing in a chapter or two from Patrick Eamon, and Fayt Nightfang's points of view to further stir things up.

Anyway, the political situation of the Four Kingdoms is really laid out in this chapter under the guise of a wizarding lesson from Aaron to Lilia. We're introduced to the Four Kings of the Four Kingdoms, and Patrick Eamon, the legendary general. PLus you get a crash course in Lilia's personality and views of the world.

The first draft of this story ended at 117,352 words.
The second draft is currently at 209,376 words.

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