Last week I finished my first Shadow Wolf Story. At the end of this post you can find a link to each and every post, in order, if you have not read the entire piece.
Here are a few of my thoughts on my second serial, which ended after a year of weekly episodes. I’m mostly collecting them for personal use later, but feel free to add your own comments/ask questions.
- First Person: In my Domains of the Chosen series, I tend to hop from character to character. I do this to cover the entire scope of particularly important events, such as battles. Writing in First person is tricky for me, because I always feel compelled to show as much as possible. I think that learning the discipline of keeping to a narrow, limited viewpoint will be helpful. I also found it interesting trying to bring Ragnar to life by considering how he would view the world. In first person narratives the reader has a more intimate connection to the main character, almost as if they are sitting inside their head watching their thoughts pass by. But Ragnar isn’t a silly little man writing on a laptop at 2AM in Canada, he is Nordan Warrior who has lived, loved, died and been reborn. Much of his thoughts are alien to us, and it was interesting to drop little hints to this throughout the story.
- Draft/Editing: My draft skills could use a lot of work still. The Shadow Wolf stuff goes up without editing, or much planning to be honest, because I am trying to raise my craft to the level where I can write a really first draft.
- Pacing: While the Domains of the Chosen series is about politics, Blade Breaker is about a mystery unfolding into a larger plot. I am fairly pleased with the pacing, although it was hard to break up the scenes to fit into blog post sized chunks.
- Old World/Old Problems: As I’ve said before the world I set the Shadow Wolf Sagas in is an old game world, which I use for my Fantachronica RPG. Some of those old idea need a little reworking before being recycled into stories. I should have changed the name of The Devout, not because I care about offending anyone, but rather because the name is misleading in some ways. Most people would think of religion when I name a group the Devout, when they are actually fanatical followers of an ideology based on the rule of the strong.
In all I am pretty happy with Blade Breaker. In the fall I will be gathering the chapters, editing them, and publishing them (after I publish book 5 of the Domains series). Until then enjoy the archive of The Shadow Wolf Sagas: Blade Breaker