How it all began

The idea for this project came to me sometime last year (2012). It used the bare-bones of an idea I had years ago, and while this updated version is barely recognizable to the old idea, that was the origin of my inspiration. I really can’t remember the exact first time it happened, but when it resurfaced, I made the wise decision to write it down. Throughout last summer, each time anything related to the idea that I first wrote down entered my mind, I took out my phone immediately and made a record. This happened frequently at random times, over and over again, until by summer’s end my notes totalled more than 12,000 words. After just a few months I had over 65 major characters (9 main character POVs), their descriptions and personality traits, the world’s own ancient history details, 9 city-states and their governments, unique cultures, geographical settings, and a religion. The task now is to finalize all of the ‘macro’ aspects of this world I have created and then move into ‘micro’ level individual story lines, deciding how they all fit and intertwine.

I have established many key events already in the story. These events are pretty much set in stone and therefore anything created afterwards must take them into account. The completed events include the ending of the entire series and two HUGE twists, one of which is nearly impossible to see coming and a turning point, and the other will change what the reader already believes is a tense story into a chaotic free-for-all. I also have more than a general idea as to how long the series will be. I have been thinking for a long time it will be 5 fairly large novels, and this estimate has yet to change. There are other more basic events that I have determined, such as the fate of many major characters. I know that story lines need variety. No two characters should have the same experience. It should be like real life in that anything can happen. For example, I don’t want two different characters to die by identical means (Yes, no one is ever safe!). This is why after creating my characters I decided to list them out by who lives?, who dies?, and how? Keep in mind this is before I have even decided upon most of their individual story paths. By doing it this way, I make sure that the wide variety of experiences are already there. Now it is a matter of putting the pieces of the puzzle together to make a clear picture, not creating the puzzle all at once. Making needed changes here and there is much easier when you already have so much to work with.

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