I started writing the book featuring Kiara in high school. It was inspired by a friend of mine featuring four main characters which four of us invented. The most work I have ever done on the book was in high school, probably because my friends were a heavy influence on the writing. As I went through college I tried to edit and rewrite sections of the book. This resulted in several different versions of the story, none of which seemed to measure up to the first world I built for it. So I scrapped them, taking only the parts and characters I thought would be useful. After graduating I took up the task once again, this time, starting before the timeline I wrote from in high school and focusing on Kiara’s story. During the first installments of the book I went through a lot of flashbacks to help explain motivations for the characters and I thought it might be better to just write those through, perhaps turning it into a two or three part series. I know these sections are going to go through heavy editing later but it helps to have them laid out clearly now as I’m filling out her story.
One of the things that kept me excited about writing this book is the life in the illustrations either I or others did for it. Please keep in mind that these images are copyrighted by their respective owners and also that some of the designs have changed over time and between versions of the story. To see them larger, click on the image!
What projects have you gotten yourself into lately?