Writing Soulbinder

Soulbinder is the fourth book in the Spellslinger series.

Story Journals are where I talk about the writing of the books I’m working on. I update these with the latest content at the top, so start from the bottom if this is new to you.

August 15th, 2018 – Soulbinder is Done!

Kellen’s fourth adventure is complete! This was one heck of a hard book to write. Trying to balance light and darkness in a novel has never been quite this challenging. Kellen’s not the same innocent teen he was in the first books, but I needed him to discover that even when he thinks he’s ready to abandon his principles, that annoying Argosi training (and the influence of a certain squirrel cat), keep haunting him and pushing him to find the right path.

August 10th, 2018 – The Proof

The proofing stage is only supposed to be about minor tweaks to formatting, fixing the occasional spelling error, and maybe – maybe – changing a line or two. Guess I should’ve warned the poor proofreader that I was going to yet again change entire chapters . . . One day I’m going to get in real trouble for this.

July 24, 2018 – The Copyedit

The copyedit is only supposed to be about fixing sentences and maybe the occasional paragraph. So I guess I should have warned my excellent copyeditor that I’d be adding entire chapters . . .

July 15, 2018 – Rewriting Act 4

The last act of a book for me is all about connecting the climactic events of the plot to both the emotional journey of the main character and the underlying themes of the novel – making them come out in surprising ways. One of my favourite moments here is with Butelios, a character who was never supposed to be all that important but who kept coming back and finding his way onto the page. I think it’s because I once met someone just like him on the train to Luxembourg; an unexpected friend at just the right time.

June 13, 2018 – Rewriting Act 3

Kellen’s about to discover that even after losing that which is most precious to you, there’s always another shoe left to drop…

June 3, 2018 – Rewriting Act 2

Two years on the road with a snarky Argosi gambler and a homicidal squirrel cat has seriously challenged Kellen’s ability to get along with others…

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