Monday, January 13, 2014

The Dragon's Tear: Beginning

The Dragon's Tear

For the next two days, a special sale on The Dragon's Tear is running a reduced price from $3.99 to 99 cents. The event has me wanting to delve into some of the inner workings of the novel, so each day the sale lasts, I'll put up a new blog post.

When I first started work on The Dragon's Tear, it wasn't a fantasy, it wasn't the same main character, it was a completely different story. I was playing around with a fantasy satire at the time, because I wanted to have a personal reaction made to the genre and its trappings. The satire idea was thrown out quickly, although the reaction stayed. It was here when the story started to create a personality of its own.

The plot structure of the previous story was imposed and mended throughout the process, but it is fundamentally the original concept. The first idea that shaped The Dragon's Tear was the protagonist, Tyyr. I pronounce it like the title, "Tear" but my editor says it like, "Tire." and it doesn't bother me either way. She was the building block in creating a unique world. She was supposed to be an assassin, investigating troubles surrounding the king, which is close enough to what he role would be. My mind reeled with the different scenarios she could be put in, and I tested each one out mentally to see how she would react. At this point, all she had was a name. No personality, no description, nothing.

A major problem I had about fantasy, was the crutch of its protagonists, white boys with swords. It makes sense, as the demographic enjoys that kind of hero to tag along with. I'm not innocent, I enjoy the hell out of some young guy with a prophecy/hidden family lineage, that must defeat some great and evil force. Bread, meet butter. And like that analogy, it is what I like to consume. In the role of creator, the view is much different.

I survive my writing, because the stories I write are the kind I want to read, but never find. Tyyr was someone I wanted a story to revolve around. My problem, is I knew her and I didn't know a single thing about her life. What kind of person is she? Is she kind? Is she cold? What is the weather like, and what does she think about it? Simultaneously I knew everything and nothing of what she would be and become. After I wrote the prose and dialogue for each chapter, I started to gain a better insight in what was taking shape.

The Dragon's Tear is the original aim that is heavily refined, and in some cases completely different. The character of Elle was born out of the writing process, she did not exist in the outline. Some chapter outlines were composed of a sentence or two. I had to sit down and wonder what I wanted from myself all those months ago. A caffeinated write up had to build something new out of old.

That's essentially how it started. It was not grandiose by any mean, I simply wrote and kept all my creations. Writing a book isn't all the special. It just takes time, and dedication, with a whole heap of love.