As I rewrite this book I often think of the models that I have in mind of how I want it to be in the end. The novels of Fire and Ice are wonderful, but they're not really where I want to go with The World Gambit. I know at first I said that's what I wanted but... the Fire and Ice model is so rigid. There is no clear hero and although that is amazing and The World Gambit will have some of that aspect I think that I should stay truer to the original idea of the book. When I wrote it I was writing back story for Fallyn and Kiera, nothing more. Michael and Lena and all the rest became byproducts of the two girls. But ultimately I want more for them because they are such great characters. On the other hand, for me to stray completely away from the original core that Fallyn and Kiera are the heroes or at least the focus of my series is a betrayal of the entire idea.
All of that being said I have decided to make my own blending of the two styles, the style of Fire and Ice (a story seen from divergent points of view) and Lord of the Rings (a story set as a journey for a group of heroes and seen only through their eyes). Yet I will not be going as far as Robert Jordan did with the Wheel of Time series. This is where the story is seen through the eyes of a core of heroes but the heroes break up and spend long periods of time apart and new stories spring from them with lots of different characters always being added.
I'm going to take a note from two of my favorite long series writers Anne McCaffree and Marion Zimmer Bradley, dont tie up your heroes with a single story line and dont write inflexible characters. What does that mean for The World Gambit? It means that Fallyn and Kiera will always be the focus of this series, it was written for them and it is theres, but it also means that other characters that show up in their lives have their own stories to tell and I'm going to let them speak.
Volume one of The World Gambit, Michael's Folly is still growing. I'm dialing back on Lena because I dont want to tell so much story now that it ruins a section of book three. It's odd that I didnt realize how much I liked Lena until I started to write that section in book three. Then she became more than just Fallyn and Kiera's mother. Then she became a hero in her own right. While I am toning her down I am amping up the stories of the other races. They do play a huge part in the story line all the way through but I had just let small comments tell their story. Now I am changing that and of course new characters are showing themselves while I do.
The project is much more involved than I had ever imagined and I'm sure that I have yet to truly see just how much is left to go. As I said last time I'm pretty certain that this will be a first draft that will be expanded many times in the coming months. Yet at the same time I am having trouble keeping my mind from moving forward and expanding the main characters. There has been an aspect of their connection that I have deliberately left to the imagination but now I think that I am going to define it a bit better because I think it helps to make Kiera's personality more understood. You see, Kiera was genetically engeneered to be a sociopath. She is just that, but they did not engeneer her to have a literal mental connection to Fallyn. Fallyn was supposed to go in the trash along with all of Kiera's emotions and inhibitions. Kiera was designed to be the perfect weapon, Fallyn was the messy leftovers. Yet Kiera plays a good cherub and Fallyn with an over abundance of emotions and the responsibility of being the conscience of her sister is a brooding and unfriendly little girl.
The girls were designed to be uber smart, it was just in the mix before they were split from a single egg. So I'm going to play more on their understanding of what has been done to them and their realization that they are more than just a little different than everyone else. And I think I'm gong to make them a whole lot less cuddly as children. Children learn the boundreries of right and wrong from their elders, Fallyn and Kiera will be no different. And children are more likely to react and get punished for not thinking first, I will expand that aspect in them and see where that gets my girls.
Anyway I got a lot of work to do. I am nearing the end of Michael's Folly and the first draft of book one. I will probably continue into book two instead of rewriting the rewrite of book one. Not sure yet on that part. It might be smarter to completely finish Michael's Folly before I move on to The Urchin and the Cherub. I mean that is how other writers do it... right?
Be good to each other.