Since the release of The Rise of Genesis, I’ve taken what I believe to be a well-deserved break, but alas, binge watching shows on Netflix cannot last forever. In a perfect world perhaps. Although I will tell you that The Magicians is fantastic. Supernatural is having a great season, although the dead/not dead thing has been old for a while. The Walking Dead has redeemed itself in my eyes from the past few seasons. And I’m still not excited about Fear the Walking Dead. However, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, the season premier has set up what will surely be some delicious and heart-wrenching story lines. *sigh* I digress.
Over the past month I’ve been working selectively on the outline for the sequel to Genesis. The truth is, it’s been a struggle (as outlines always are for me). The reason being is because I always start an outline, but partway through I get excited, impatience takes over, and I jump into writing mode. This is both good and bad. Good that I’m excited to get to work, bad because it makes constructing a cohesive story more difficult. When I write a story without an outline, new ideas come and go as I write. Things change along the way, and my subconscious sometimes brings great things to the forefront: things I didn’t realize have to happen, things that make everything that much stronger, things that make me excited about the future of the story. When this occurs, I need to go back in the story and adjust/rewrite accordingly. With an outline and a guide of where I’ve been, it’s a little easier to see where those changes need to be made. I find an outline easier to work with when moving pieces of the puzzle around. This way you pick up and move a small piece(s) rather than combing through the entire first half to make sure you’ve caught each necessary detail. So this time around, I committed myself to doing a full outline of at least the major events I wanted to incorporate. The details will fill themselves in as I go, and I’m certain new ideas and paths will open up as the characters take hold of the story. With an outline though, what won’t happen (probably) is getting stuck and wondering “What now?” This outline is the rough edges of the path, and with it, I shall remain somewhat on course. I hope.
With that said, you might be wondering what on earth this next story could be? What will it be called? Well, I won’t tell you too much about it right now in hopes of avoiding spoilers from Genesis. What I will tell you is the title. The second book in the Ash Lawson series will be called…
Dun Dun Duuuuuuuh!
The Reign of Typhon