The rough draft of my dystopian super hero fantasy is coming to an end. I already crossed the 50% threshold sometime two days ago and the writing is going strong at about 70% completion at the time of this post. There were a few points early on in the beginning where I questioned whether this was the right path for me to go.
I had never written a dystopian epic before and I wasn’t sure if I could find the motivation to write a dark fantasy in a world where everything went sour. I’d been so used to the cheerful and light hearted fantasy of the Resonance Saga and my science fiction pieces I wrote in the last few months.
However, after trying out a few methods, I managed a comic book feel that retained the voice I loved, while adding a bit of grit at the same time. I don’t think I would have found this possible if I hadn’t written the brunt of the Short Change universe prior to it, so I’m thankful for the training and practice I had at maintaining and manipulating my author voice.
Black and White took some turns in directions I didn’t expect. I’ve had to delete three chapters so far, because they just wouldn’t fit with the story and they weren’t progressing the plot in the right way. Likewise, I’ve added two other chapters so far, so it evened out in the end.
Ultimately, I’m liking the writing process so far and I plan on finishing it up by the end of the summer vacation before I head off for my last semester. After Black & White is finished, I’ll have crossed the biggest threshold in the resonance saga and can think about writing the extended Arc, which starts after the primary arc and goes on up until about 500 years into the future.
That’s all I can say for now. Sorry.