I made a discovery yesterday, or maybe it was a revelation. I mentioned before that I had the distinct feeling that my novel wouldn’t be content being a single volume. At that time, I couldn’t see exactly why I should feel that way, or how it would work. And then, as the words flowed yesterday afternoon, the truth emerged! Obviously, I’m not about to explain, as you really know nothing about the book. Take it from me, though, that the opening that allows a second book (eventually) came to light and was so obvious, even I couldn’t miss it! It was a wonderful demonstration of how my modus operandi functions.
I had no idea of what was coming. There I am, caught up in a dialogue between two characters, waiting to see where they were going and what significance the scene actually had to the story. Then one drops a bombshell, followed swiftly by another! And it was the second which created the opening for a sequel! Just like that. I know that it’s why I had the feeling I had, now. It means that I can now get on with the novel and let it reach a proper conclusion, without using some excuse to end it in the wrong place. It’s a great relief, believe me!
With Chapter 22 underway, and over 100,000 words already “in the bank”, it was worrying, thinking that this part of the tale had much, much more to come.
Also yesterday, I happened to read a blog post by author Garth Nix, on Goodreads, in which he talks about re-reading favourite books. In that blog, he mentioned a book I haven’t thought about for a while, which then led to thinking about a related work. I tried to find my copy of the former, and it’s gone missing! Now, instead of simply trying to get hold of a copy of the latter, I’ve got to find a copy of both! The books in question are The Moon of Gomrath and The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, by Alan Garner.