I am so excited to announce that I’ve finally begun writing the new web series for The Sword of Dragons! Yeah! :D
I don’t have a GOOD title yet, but the working title is “The Orc Campaigns”. But what I really love about this beginning is how much it surprised me, with how powerful it is.
Yes, me, the writer who was planning this story, was shocked by how I started it. It happens. I love it when a story I’m working on takes me in wonderful, unexpected directions :D
Although the key characters of TSOD (or should I write it out as TSoD?) are Cardin, Sira, Reis, and Dalin, I didn’t plan on focusing all of the new series on them, and so I actually start with a brand new character, one whom isn’t seen in books 1 or 2 (but I am definitely bringing him into later novels.)
And I’m about to introduce a second new character, one of those wrongly imprisoned by new laws set in place by Prince Beredis (for reference, see chapter 12 “Not Yet King” in The Sword of Dragons). I think she’s going to be a fun character to write, too. Don’t worry, more info on just who they are will be coming soon :)
The Importance of the Beginning
I don’t know about all of you, but for the most part, once I start reading a story, I have to finish it. But only if I get past the very beginning. That very beginning has to hook me somehow, whether through simple curiosity or by exciting my imagination. One of my favorites:
“Man,” said Terl, “is an endangered species.” – Battlefield Earth
But the stories that really hook me at the beginning? Those that create powerful emotional reactions in me. Those that stir feelings – the stronger, the more likely it’ll hook me.
The beginning of the 2009 Star Trek movie, for instance, or Guardians of the Galaxy. Well, Guardians did it in two ways, first with the emotional beginning, and then with the comical follow-on. I LOVE stories that mix the two well (Stargate SG-1 anyone? :) )
So I’m hoping the beginning of this new story will hook others in a similar way. As the writer, it has me hooked, and that is just as important, if not more so. I’ve noticed that stories I write only because I have to (IE: back when I was in college) were never very well written, because I didn’t care about them or the characters. But when I am invested in the characters…I think that’s a recipe for magic :D
When it comes to the beginning of a story, whether a novel, movie, TV show, video game, anime, what ever your choice, what are your favorite beginnings? Please leave your favorites in the comments below! :)
Thanks for reading!