I’m writing this blog/update a little after the fact… I’m no longer in the trenches with XIII. The great majority of the revision has been finished, and I shall be ready to rewrite in January. There are just a few more things I wanted to try and accomplish before then, namely reading back all my outlines and making sure they make sense and there are no gaping plot holes. I also wanted to go back and change a few character and place names, but that’ll be the easy part.
For the most part, XIII is a joy to write. The characters are so real to me that I think I could walk down the street and run into them. But because the story has elements of both fantasy and mythology, it can get a little complicated to keep the world’s rules and the order of things organized as I write.
I’m excited to start the newest draft of XIII in January. With every draft I start, it’s great to see how much the story and characters have progressed and how much my writing style has changed over the years. I can’t say whether it’s really gotten better or not, but it’s definitely changed – and that means something, at least. Good to know I’m not just staying stagnant.