In the lyrical words of Chris Brown, “Where do we go from here… I want the whole world to show.”
I am just about to finish off my first round of ‘cleansing’ edits on my second urban-fantasy novel by weeding out the rubbish words, and planting in new and brilliant ones. This book is part of a trilogy that I started writing in 2009. When I first started writing this fantastical series, I knew exactly where I was going with it. Now, shadows of doubt have started to ingrain their way into my writers mind. The series is probably starting to go senile since it’s taking me so long to write!
This is the first time I have ever tried to write urban-fantasy, and to be honest, I really struggled when I first started writing it. My friend told me years ago that I should try my hand at it, and so I eventually did. Traditionally, I write thrillers. This is a thriller series in a way, but I struggle with trying to form some sort of conclusion of each book without giving the whole plot away.
There are just so many different pathways that this series could tumble down. I could turn all my characters over to the dark side, or I could throw them all into the light. But I seriously doubt that they could eventually all come to an agreement to get on with each other for the rest of their lives. Differences in beliefs, lifestyles, habits, and all the rest of those human characteristics appear to be standing in the way. ‘But who cares,’ you say. ‘You’re only on book two – there is a whole other book that you can work out the finer details in.’
Quite right, there is another book.
I don’t want this journey for my characters to seem too obvious. It could be disappointing for readers. I never want to hear someone in passing say – “Oh, Leigh K Hunt’s work? Yeah, I could’ve written that rubbish. So predictable!”
It’s the writer inside of me that is wrought with worry. A natural response, since I want it to be perfect. But everyone knows that there is no such thing as ‘perfection’. A form of acceptability only comes with rounds and rounds of editing and refining.
So, anyway. Now that I have all this off my chest, I’m going to get back to finishing off my editing. Then I am going to seriously focus on which pathway I am taking. Brainstorming, mind-mapping, and listening to my own instincts will hopefully allow me to mentally walk all pathways. But who knows… my characters might protest and get the better of me, therefore taking me in a completely different direction. We will see.
But first, I need chocolate…