Being largely in research mode into the sort of bureaucracy that would be involved in the areas of conflict I am looking at for book 3, I’m the one doing the searching and asking the questions – which is fine in that area, but presented a tripping stone in another, an area where I am sorting out Va’el exploits – I found myself automatically taking on the same responsibility and going about it the same way (meaning I was the one doing the asking) which proved to be a mistake.
Rather than work out what Va’el and his group would be getting up to, I’m far better off asking Va’el what he and his group would be getting up to. A subtle difference, but a difference nevertheless. It’s much harder to make the decisions for him from outside the group, and far better to look through his eyes and mind and approach it from a personal perspective. That personal perspective must be taken from each of the others also.
I have why Va’el has gone to Zumaridi and what he gains from being there, but there is a process involved and steps in the journey, plus little things – attitudes, fears, uncertainty, day-to-day needs to be met. There’s more to do than just having him meet his objective. I want him to have adventure in and around finding his objective which has to be more than just eating, sleeping and traveling.
Anyway, that’s where I am at the moment. With an elderly butler (plus one or two other staff members – I’ve not decided who or why yet), ten year-old Va’el and his best friend, a fifteen year-old budding soldier known as Slab.
That’s it for today.