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My my next writing adventure: The Lay of the Glaives

lego explorer writing adventures

The time for planning the journey is over. It is time for action. And for a writer, that means writing!

Today I’d like to talk about my newest writing adventure which, for now, I’ll refer to as “The Lay of the Glaives.” The is not the actual title, or even the series name, but the name I’ll be using to refer to this project for the time being.

I’ve put this off for far too long

It’s been quite a journey just reaching this point. Ifar too long Bilbo meme‘ve compiled nearly 64,000 words of notes (around 250 pages). And now, after more than six months of outlining, plotting, brain-storming, map-making, and character building the writing has finally begun. I couldn’t be more thrilled.

I’ve hinted at this project for a while now (under another code name, the “Super Secret Series”, even teasing some sneak peaks at the characters, but this last week I started writing in earnest. You’ll even see a tiny little pogress bar off to the side if you’re interested in tracking my progress on this mad-cap, serendipitous, writing adventure.

The hook

Every book is supposed to have a hook (so the marketing people tell me), i.e. the unique draw to that story, the reason you need to pick up and read it. As readers we’re all pirates, looking for buried treasure and the book is the treasure map telling us where to find it.

I don’t know if I can say at this point what the hook will be for the readers, but I always approach the first draft as the First Reader of the story. And in that vein, the hook for me is watching a boy become a man. This will definitely be a coming of age story.

Along the way, I’m looking forward to creating a “band of brothers” feel with this book, with a much larger cast of main characters than I’ve used in other stories. I plan to use a wider palette of point of view characters as well. And all of this will be set against the backdrop of an immense, epic fantasy world.

Though there will be many stops and side journeys along the way, the central road will trace the story of a youth on the cusp of manhood and how he grows and becomes a grown man.

The leader of the band

As you might gather from the project name, music plays and important part of this series. I’ve written several songs for the first book already and plan to write more for the others. Yes, I said “songs.” Of course they’ll take the form of poetry in the books, but I have actual melodies for most of them. So there will be quite a bit of poetry in this book.

One of the songs which I’ve drawn inspiration from in preparing this series is Dan Fogelberg’s “Leader of the Band”. It’s a bit of a melancholy tune, but it speaks about the relationship of a son to his father and it helped frame the inner longings of the main character.

If you haven’t heard it, I encourage you to give it a listen. And keep checking back for updates as I embark on this brave new writing adventure!

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Comments (7)

  1. Jenelle October 25, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Yay!!!! I’m so excited to learn more about this project!!!! Wow, that’s a lot of notes!

    Sounds epic and awesome and exactly like my favorite kind of book!! Can’t wait until it’s ready to be read!!!

  2. Abbey Stellingwerff October 26, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    How very exciting! I wish you all the best as you start writing. Your notes alone could be a short novel ๐Ÿ™‚

    • DJ Edwardson October 29, 2018 at 10:02 am

      Indeed! What’s been really neat is that so far the writing has been very easy. With so many notes, it’s much easier to sit down and just unfold the scenes. The only thing new (mainly) is the emotional landscape as the characters interact and struggle with the events as they happen.

  3. Matthew Cyr October 29, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    This all sounds great! Are you able to tell us whether this happens within the same world as The Last Motley, just maybe in a different time period? Or is a whole new universe with no links to previous books? If answering would be giving something delicious away, you have my permission to stretch the truth, er, “answer very creatively”… just this once.

    • DJ Edwardson October 30, 2018 at 7:56 am

      I can actually answer that and the answer is, no, this is in a completely new universe. I wanted to try something fresh for this project and the nature of the backstory sort of demanded it. It didn’t fit into the Motley universe where magic worked differently. But I will revisit The Motley world at some point, rest assured!

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