Writing the Second Chapter — Chronicle of Creation V
So, I made it over that hump. I’ve finished writing the second chapter! In the last entry, you can catch the first TWO pages of Chapter 1 of The Many. For those just arriving, The Many is my dark fantasy, fairytale-inspired work-in-progress with a pseudo-Byzantine setting. Whoo, that’s a mouthful.
Anyway, I did make it through the second chapter, which brought me to right around exactly 5,000 words. A big milestone, the first big milestone! Under “usual” circumstances, 5,000 words would take me only two or three days to write, but I’ve just been figuring out how to balance blog writing with fiction writing. It isn’t easy!
I’m going to talk a bit about writing the second chapter. I’ve left the pictures of magic from the last entry, so that you can get a taste of what the magic system in The Many is like.
Writing the second chapter of The Many
The process wasn’t as bad as I’d feared it might be. I often get really hung up on second chapters, but I didn’t on this one. This came partly from the fact that I was able to utilize some material from my earlier first chapter, and move it to the end of this chapter, which eased some of the burden of composing a completely new chapter from scratch. I also had done a pretty good job in the first chapter, in my opinion, setting up interesting character hooks that paved the way into the second chapter. I’m already thinking that in the next draft, though, I’m going to have to streamline some stuff and perhaps make the opening faster — maybe even combine chapters. I only have about an eighth of my mind on that, though. It’s something to worry about in future drafts. For now, I’m excited to move onto Chapter 3.
Below: Three examples of what the use of magic might equate to in my world, all from Unsplash. In the first picture, there are several implements for use with healing magic. In the second picture, there’s a wolf — my point there is that many people have an “animal spirit” that they can tap into with varying degrees of success. The most advanced of these people can shape-shift. And the third picture shows a person standing in sparks. Fire magic is a type of magic that’s looked down on as dangerous, because of the potential damage and destruction an untrained user can cause by wielding it.
Here’s an excerpt from The Many, Chapter Two.
Writing the second chapter…
… is still something I consider a tough task. But I’m glad that this particular chapter went to plan, and that it’s out of the way. Chapter 3 is where some of the real action is going to start, and it’s only going to ramp up from there. Right now, I’ve sought to build some mystery, especially with that excerpt up there that comes at the end of Chapter 2. My narrator has an… unusual background that she’s mostly unaware of, and the reader is also unaware of it at this point (and will remain unaware of it for most of the story). But I wanted to give a little hint here.
All in all, I’m really glad to be working on fantasy again. I’ve missed it a lot. Especially the magic, as I pointed out in Entry IV. Magic is cool. Hopefully I’ll have some time tomorrow to get cracking on Chapter 3 and move forward.
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