Hello Rebels, and welcome back to my life.
So a few days ago, while recording a video, I decided to start writing the first draft of Darkfire. And I mean I literally decided to do that WHILE I was recording the video. I’d been working on the outline for a long long while, and I just felt like it was time to begin.
I’m really, really super happy with how it’s been going so far. And really quick I want to say thank you to everyone who has been tuning in to the VlogaNovel live writing streams with words of encouragement.
In a way, the Nightblade series is going to be a series of trilogies. Every three books in the series will be one big, broad, overall arc in the long story of Loren’s life, and that means Darkfire has a lot of work to do as the ending of the first trilogy.
The book is going to answer many of the questions raised in the series so far—not all of them, obviously, because Loren’s story goes on for quite a bit longer.
But the ending in particular is really going to throw Loren under the bus in a way that, I hope, readers won’t be expecting.
If you’ve been watching VlogaNovel, you probably already know what I’m talking about. And if you don’t want spoilers, don’t go watch that.
This book will shake Loren to her core. It will have its victories, but it will not be a pleasant experience for her, or for those she’s traveling with.
As I’ve mentioned before on this channel, if you really love a character, it’s almost your duty as a storyteller to put them through absolute hell.
This is true no matter what type of story you’re telling. Comic books do this. Movies do this. Books do this. The more they suffer, the more they learn and grow.
The motto, incidentally, not only of authors, but of sociopaths. So take from that what you will.
The central element of any good story is conflict, and the most compelling conflict is never a physical one. It is the conflict of ideas.
Your protagonist must believe in SOMETHING, and the antagonist must believe in some OPPOSING thing.
And while you might think at first that a satisfying ending comes from your hero being proved RIGHT, sometimes the MOST satisfying ending comes from the synthesis of these opposing forces.
Synthesis is the posing of one idea against an opposing idea, and then finding the reconciliation between these two ideas.
And if anyone could please teach this to Congress, we would all be eternally grateful.
But the point is that your character is holding on to a truth, which is opposed by the villain’s truth. And your character must find a synthesis that allows them to defeat the villain.
Darkfire will not end with Loren’s ultimate victory. Her story is not a trilogy. It is an epic. She will do many things, great and small, with her life, and I hope that she will never stop growing throughout it.
Darkfire will be the first real stimulant to that growth. She will end the book with her most closely-held ideals truly challenged for the first time.
She has been in danger of losing her life many times. But now she will be in danger of losing herself.
Boy, I really do sound like a sociopath, don’t I?
Anyway, the book’s obviously a long ways off from being published, but I hope you guys are going to like it. If you are subscribed to my email newsletter, you are going to get a special treat today!
Tonight at midnight I am sending everyone on my list the first two chapters of Darkfire!
It’s really just a snippet, just a tiny little taste, but people have been asking for the third book, so I wanted to give them a little something to take the edge off until the full book is done.
You’ll also want to be on that list because my subscribers are going to be able to get a 30% discount on the book when it’s up for sale, so click on my website in the video description and sign up.
I’m very, very excited to be writing this book, Rebels, and even more excited so many of you are watching me do it on VlogaNovel. It’s a ways off from being done, but you make me want to keep working on it every day.
Thank you so much for watching, and I will see my Patreon patrons tomorrow with my first secret weekend video. Everyone else, I’ll see you Monday. Byyye.