Well, it’s happened. I’ve finally finished my read-through of Book One of my Iron Queen trilogy and am gearing up for what looks like it’s going to be a not-so-awful-terrible-horrific rewrite!
Ok, as hard as rewriting is, I’m honestly really looking forward to it this quarter.
Iron Queen is one of those magical stories that just spilled out of me in its entirety, powered by the brute strength of two very complex, very human characters who continue to amaze and surprise me.
(I’m so in love with these characters I even played a cute game called #MCWIP started by @Claribel_Ortega on Twitter with one of them, starring my #1 ultimate dreamcast for Dervish: the Turkish actor Burak Özçivit.)
I adore them. I couldn’t move my fingers fast enough across the keys this summer when I was drafting what I thought was going to be the only book starring Dervish and Tamar.
Then as August flew past, the draft started pushing 80,000… 90,000… 100,000… and I wasn’t even half way done telling the story I wanted to tell. The dreaded middle of the novel was beginning to slump from the weight of so many words and subplots… In short, things were beginning to spiral out of control.
My solution? Split Iron Queen into three books.
I can’t tell you how much peace of mind I’ve felt since doing so! It’s really allowed me to approach Dervish and Tamar in sharper focus in the first part of their three-part tragedy, to really get under their skin and understand their fears and motivations.
My revised Autumn Quarter goals will reflect this. I’m taking some heavy-duty classes this quarter and will have two papers due at the beginning of December (as well as working on Persian homework and a huge 50-page paper in the background), but I’m going to try my best to finish a beautiful manuscript of this first book of Iron Queen by the end of the quarter/year.
Part of that involves NaNoWriMo, naturally. But that’s a story for another post…
See you soon with my revised Autumn Quarter Goals, joonam.