My my next writing adventure: The Lay of the Glaives
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. I‘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.
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!