When I embarked on this journey, I had thought only to write one book (for the project currently underway; I do have other ideas for stories I’d like to write in future). But as the tale progressed, I found myself going back and forth on whether to concentrate on writing just one or breaking it into two or even three books.
The other day, I was rummaging through my mess of notes, which are haphazardly scribbled in multiple notepads, loose sheets of paper, and even old envelopes. Anything I can get my hands on in a pinch will suffice. Upon doing so, an outline resurfaced, one which is rather outdated, as I’ve come a long way since it was penned. However, it was not entirely useless, and when I looked at the general breakdown of the trilogy outline, it occurred to me that I already have enough to work with to make writing a trilogy, not merely possible, but inevitable!
What is particularly interesting to me, is that if I go by that outline at all, then my first book is already nearly finished! What, another chapter or two, or three… and I should reach the point where I had previously decided would be the perfect break. And it is!
By ending part one where at this specific point, the book would essentially end on a cliffhanger! But all the necessary criteria for the first installment would be there. A beginning, middle, and end, with a suitable climax to the book in the form of an anticipated battle. And then an unexpected incident occurs, our heroine gets swept off course. Her enemy has not yet been defeated. The war has not been won, for that was only the first battle. But before she can defeat her sworn enemy, she must escape. Only how is she to do that? The path that lay before her is fraught with peril…
Don’t worry, I already have the answer to that… I’m just not telling yet. We wouldn’t want to go spoiling any surprises, now would we? I’ve already said too much as it is!