This is a follow up to Monday’s post, in which I announce my decision to put The Guild Conspiracy on hold to work on something else. I was a bit vague on the details of that new project, but only because I didn’t want the post to run any longer than it had to. And now, I have an entire post to devote to it!
So, like I said before, this new project is an old one. It’s the book I was working on before starting The Clockwork Giant, a book I had spent fifteen months on before finally deciding to put it aside. I think I’ve mentioned it a few times over the course of having this blog. I’m not sure whether or not I’ve ever gone into extensive detail about it, and I really don’t want to click through old posts to find out.
When I originally came up with the idea for the book, I was greatly inspired by Diana Wynne Jones. I wanted to create a fun, whimsical world full of magic and interesting people. And I wanted to set it in a sort of Persian setting since I’ve always loved Ancient Persia. Even now, I believe the idea that I had was good. I just failed at putting it to paper. I got distracted. I let other things inspire me and detract from my original idea. Persian influence somehow shifted to Hindu influence, and Norse ideas somehow got thrown into the mix. I lost Persia, and while I had something new, it wasn’t better. I kept trying to force a story where there wasn’t one, making characters do things because characters are supposed to do things in a story. I was a very novice writer. If there’s a stage below novice, that was me.
The book had one good quality: the title. I still love the title. The Wizard’s Heart. It worked on multiple levels, both as a romance with a wizard and the search for a magical stone called the Wizard’s Heart. Unfortunately, I’m not so sure that the title will survive. I hope that it does, but that remains to be seen. I have to write the book first.
So, a little bit about The Wizard’s Heart... I haven’t written a mock pitch yet, but I’m still very much in the pre-planning stages—gathering inspiration, jotting notes, and brainstorming plot ideas. However, I do have a pretty solid plot arc—the major beats of the main plot, the big events in each act. It’s the little things I’ve yet to figure out.
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Like I said, still in the planning stages, so my thoughts are still rather unorganized. Once I’ve plotted, I should be able to create a mock pitch that isn’t so jumbled. I’ve yet to name any of the other characters or the places, but I’ll be working on that today. In the meantime, if you’re interested, I created a Pinterest inspiration board for this project, which you can find here.
Anyway, I’m glad that I’m finally able to go back to this story. It’s been my passion for so long; I really want to make it work this time. Are you working on anything new?