(For those interested as an artist or editor, you can skip to the bottom)
Progress on the final part of the prologue is good.
I have already finished about 4000 words, so about 70-80%.
I hope anyone enjoying the story can look forward to the end of the beginning, and the “actual” start of the novel.
I am happy I decided to do a prologue, it helped me figure out where I wanted the story to go. When writing, it often feels like a character takes control of the situation I’m writing and changes it themselves lol.
For example, whenever I want Nova in a scene, I write her lines and actions to match her personality, which sometimes derails the immediate plot to her liking.
I’m having a little trouble figuring out how I want a certain chain of events to occur leading to the end of the prologue, and I wonder what’s the best way to do it.
I don’t know if anyone will read this, but I’m just going to jot down some thoughts that other writers may have come across.
So the scenario (some spoilers!) that I need to have occur is an interaction between our MC and Selethain. At that point I need something to occur which “rebirths” him, but I don’t think it makes sense for Selethain to do it. Her personality isn’t too existent in writing, but I know how I want her to be. Outside of that, the magic she uses doesn’t line up with it too well, and I don’t want to use magic as a convince (all the time at least, lol).
So I thought, “Oh, I’ll introduce a new character such as a rival god/goddess that does it for x reason.” That’s all good and fine, and is actually how I will probably do it, but it means introducing yet another character in the prologue vs. the following chapters. Generally, most people don’t read prologues, so I’m already going to have to write a disclaimer in ch. 1 recommending they do. -Sigh-
The other option is to use an already present character, but that means making someone OP af, as I already said Selethain wouldn’t make sense to do it. But what crazy magic such as rebirthing someone would be available for a mortal to use??? That seems pretty ridiculous right?
Anyways, I am working on the next chapter with such thoughts in mind. If you are waiting to read until ch.1 or haven’t read the prologue, no worries. I will do a set of “soft introductions” as the prologue characters appear in the actual chapter arcs. Something like, “The man in front of me is named Lunian, he is the Headmaster of a prestigious magical school…” etc. in small bits for the readers who skip the prologue.
You shouldn’t skip it though! Really, you shouldn’t!
And that’s an end to my ramblings.
Thank you for reading. ❤
For Artists and Editors, I’m going to put a bit of what I’m looking for here. If it sounds like something you’d be interested in, contact me in any way you’d like on the site. It’s fine to even just leave a comment here or anywhere else on the site, as I check my notifications for it quite often.
I wrote a little about what I want below, but I am happy to talk with you about any ideas you have, or requests you’d make. This is a selfish request for people who are interested; I’m not trying to sign contracts here, so everything is open for discussion.
Your skill as an Artist or Editor doesn’t have to be professional tier, so feel free to contact me and we’ll talk about it.
I would like people who can do any/all of the following things:
Anime-esque character drawings (from descriptions I give you, feel free to interpret)
Map design (Can be pretty simple, but I would like to make several different maps such as ones of the castle/school grounds, certain cities, and of course, a world map)
Misc. scenes or drawings of anything described in the novel, anything that sticks out to a creative mind (such as a drawing of the Headmaster’s office described in prologue part 1)
Naturally credit of any kind will be happily given to you (Name, hyperlinks, etc.). Whatever you want, as long as it is reasonable. That said, this is more of something I want from those of you who enjoy reading it, I won’t be paying for your art (poor college student). My pay to you is a little extra exposure. ❤
Also I don’t intend to “order” you to draw anything. This is more like an open call for anyone who’s looking for something to draw. Anything you’d like to make will be appreciated, used & credited (with your permission of course).
I would like someone who can go through and fix basic things such as improperly used words and grammar mistakes. It would also be fine to clean up some of my “passive tone” writing (you should know what that means).
I am a native English speaker so there’s not going to be a ton of unusual work involved, but I would enjoy having someone who is dedicated and can also give me thoughts on pacing, events, etc. That said, I’m not looking for a co-author, just basic opinions here and there would be appreciated.
Of course the work includes all the usual editor stuff, you’re also free to credit yourself/write a “hello” type message at the top of each chapter with mine, and add (EDN: This is a comment) in the actual chapters if you feel the need for a short explanation.