As promised, I’ve published chapter 3 of Of Shadow and Feathers today, The gardens of Sha’ana is now online for you to enjoy! (I can’t believe that since I started writing this story I’ve been continuously messing of the order of the title, I always write Of Feathers and Shadow before realizing it’s not that and I have to switch the around…)
Today I’ve been doing what I think will be one of my last driving lessons before I can take the exam and finally have this damn driving licence! I can’t wait to have finished it and to be able to drive around freely! Oh, yeah, I still haven’t got my licence, I could’ve started the lessons at 16 to get it by my 18th birthday but I was too lazy, and remained that way ’till a year and a half ago when I finally woke up and decided it was time to start, hence the fact that I’m only now finishing the lessons…
I want to talk about my story today, I’ve read A.D. Martin’s post about the advancement of his projects and found it really interesting to read, it made me think about what I, myself, was writing. I know I’ve made some huge progress since I started writing this story, almost twenty two chapters written in French, four translated in English to this day (by the way, n°4 will be here soon), and a long but mostly clear way to go to finish it.
The first fifteen chapters of the story compose the first part, they take place in the port city of Eneleïa on the eastern shores of the continent of Ore, and they introduce the main characters that will be part of the story from that point on. I know it seems long but I really wanted to tell you about them, mainly about Thrista himself, and what motivates them before beginning the story. The real adventure starts around chapter nineteen I believe and its from that point on that it gets interesting.
When I first started writing it, I envisionned a novel, because I wanted to do something as great as C. Paolini did with The Inheritance Cycle at a younger age, unfortunately it didn’t really work out that way, I still have to finish this project… But it did quite the bit of way in my head since then, I’ve refined and detailed the backgrounds of each character, decided what would happen in what order and how it would play on for the rest of the plot. I also, at one point, thought about making a manga out of it, ’cause the format would suit me a lot better I think, but since I can’t draw I’m still waiting for an artist who would be willing to work on it with me.
I also thought about changing the setting completely and even, at one point, stopping it. But I can’t, I love writing it too much to stop doing it. Then, a few weeks back I hit a point where I realized the story I was writing and the story I wanted to write weren’t exactly the same anymore so I stopped to think about it and decided to start over and hopefully do it better. I think it’s working quite well for now. This evolution is something I don’t always enjoy but it feels right and that’s what is important. But enough of that, it’s not what I wanted to talk about.
What I wanted to say is that I completely agree with Mr. Martin (you don’t mind me calling you that, do you? :P) when he says that writing something good and somewhat new is important. It is very important to me that I do that with Tales of Ore, that’s why I always have so many periods of doubt, I doubt about the storyline, about the realism of the powers, about the depth of the characters… I really question everything because I want it all to be right and good, the best that I can do if possible. And doing that is hard, but it’s fun too so it’s okay. The most important thing to me in the story is the continuity of the storyline and the depth of the characters and their interactions with each other.
I really want to make characters that readers would enjoy reading about but also hate or have the possibility to feel strongly one way or the other towards them. I also want to make a plot that is complex to guess but simple to understand and awesome to read when you do. All this is a lot of pressure but I believe that it’s good pressure. It’s something important to me that the reader is really taken in the story and that he enjoys the time he spends reading so I hope that I’ll be able to do a good job with it!
I guess what I wanted to say is that Of Shadow and Feathers is something very important to me and I would love nothing more than to be able to share the story as I imagine and feel it with as many people as possible. Doing that would be the highlight of one of the best parts of my life!
Yup, that’s all for today, thanks for reading and see you later!
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