Writing Update: June 2022

I finished quite a bit of the Samael outline this month – issues 17 and 18, as well as the beginnings of issue 19. I also figured out what exactly I want to do with this story (see this blog post).

I also did a little bit of worldbuilding & characterization for the unnamed story.

I’m sorry this is such a short update, but I’m sick at the moment and am having trouble thinking. Hopefully I will have more to report at the end of July.

Camp NaNo July Goals

My first goal is to finish the Samael outline. I’m already very close to being done, and I’ll be surprised if it takes any longer than 5-7 days. After that’s done, it’s time to actually go back to writing Samael. I haven’t written anything since the end of November since I’ve been focused on finishing the outline.

I may also write some more blog posts. I have a document with a lot of blog post ideas and notes that’s getting pretty long, and it’s well past time to clear it out. I don’t have anything scheduled for posts aside from the monthly writing updates and recommendations, and I’m getting a little tired of skipping Fridays or writing posts on those Fridays instead of ahead of schedule.

Current plans for Samael

I’m just about done with the outline for issue 18 of Samael. Most of the major story threads are already wrapped up, and after this, there are only a few more events for me to outline. I can end the story at a natural stopping point, even though it’s a bit of a cliffhanger.

This will be “part 1” of Samael. I always had the intention of writing part 2 (and maybe part 3), but as of right now, I think I need to stop working on it and move on to something else. I don’t have enough ideas to fill even one issue of an outline, and I’m a little too burnt out on this story to want to take the time to come up ways to continue the plot.

So my plans for the next couple of months are:

  1. Finish the Samael part 1 outline. This should happen sometime in late June or early July.
  2. Write and edit the rest of Samael. That will probably take the rest of the year.
  3. Post the chapters here like I did with The Land of Two Moons and The Book of Immortality.

After that’s all done, I can think about whether or not I want to write part 2. Right now it’s looking more like a “no”, but that might be different once I’ve had a few more months to think things over.

Writing Update: May 2022

I was so busy with moving this month that didn’t do any plotting or outlining for Samael until the 22nd. After that, I barely wrote anything until the 29th. I got a decent chunk of Issue 17 plotted out, and now I know how to connect it with the next section of the story. Provided that nothing as time-consuming as moving comes up in June, I should be able to get back on track with regards to outlining.

I also started writing down notes for a story that’s been bouncing around my head for a few months. I still need to name one of the protagonists. For some reason, naming these characters has been more difficult than usual.

Thinking about rewrites and sequels

I’m thinking about rewriting The Land of Two Moons. I’m also thinking about writing a sequel to it.¬†And I’m also thinking about writing a sequel to The Book of Immortality.

These aren’t new thoughts. I’ve been thinking about writing sequels to The Land of Two Moons and The Book of Immortality since I finished the first drafts. Every once in a while, the thought pops into my head. I don’t actually have plots that could be used for sequels, just brief scenes and snippets, but plots are something that take quite a bit of work for me. If I wanted to write a sequel, I’d have to spend quite a bit of time outlining a plot.

As for rewriting The Land of Two Moons…there are a lot of things that didn’t make it into the story. And since it starts off as a comic and makes the transition to prose after chapter 6, it’s inconsistent. There’s no real way for me to make a collected version of the story if I wanted to.

But is it worthwhile to do any of these things? I have so many other stories I want to tell, and time spent on these is time I can’t spend on others.

I think I’ll re-outline The Land of Two Moons and see if I can stuff everything I had to take out back into it. That’s the first step of a rewrite anyway, and once I’m done with that, I can see if I still actually want to rewrite it.