After finishing what turned out to be a very long backstory for Coltan last week, I began revising “Tishta the Crystal Orb.” It’s been exciting to plunge back into the book this week.
It was probably a good thing to let it sit for a bit after getting back my editor’s feedback on the first draft. I am looking at it with fresh eyes, and more information.
I had already pulled some of it apart, introducing the characters at a slower pace and reintroducing parts of the story I had previously removed. This had also allowed me to include introducing Maglin, in the flesh—I only mentioned her in the previous version—and to flesh out Gillan, Toran and Kano a little more.
This week, I focused on revising the first chapter. I added character descriptions and mannerisms, and related more about the environment, which were missing from the original draft. I also added things about Coltan I learned when I wrote the backstory for him.
I’m feeling pretty good about this newly revised chapter and I’m going to call it ‘done’ for now. I’m ready to dive into the second chapter, which is totally reintroduced backstory about Gillan, Toran and Kano. Hopefully, by the end of next week, I’ll be reporting on its completion.
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