An indie writer’s life is nothing if not dynamic. Over the last few years as a writer, I have learned more and had more fun than I ever imagined. I have found myself trying out so many things, and while not all of it has been spectacular successes–the journey so far has been incredible.
This weekend, I found myself at the verge of yet another new adventure. It started as I was going over a few queries from my readers. One thing seemed to come up over and over again in questions from my readers, and that made me want to start working on this parallel enterprise. Well, not exactly parallel, more of an extension at the edges.
That of a series of short stories–prequels to The Lightbound Saga.
Readers often ask me about the world I have built in my books, and they often wonder if there is a link between Earth and this universe. In my books I allude to the Scattering, the human diaspora, to Tansi. I have also imagined these planets as human colonies, so there is obviously some link. But, the questions still keep pouring in. I realize, this unstated connection is a source of constant intrigue. So I thought–why not build a few solid bridges?
The more I thought about it, the more viable and exciting it seemed as a project. Hard work? Oh, yes. But, it would be rewarding as well. I will have defined my universe better, I will have given more clarity to my readers. So, why not?
I jumped into the first of the stories last night, probably the first of a set of five or if it goes really well, seven.
Not only am I looking forward to setting up more of my universe, but also I am very excited to try out a few other things.
First–short stories. Short stories have never been my forte. I am really, extremely uncomfortable writing them. My mind almost always thinks in mega-story format, my episodes tends to sprawl into epics. I envy my writing colleagues who write short stories like it were a walk in the park while to me it feels like climbing Mt. Everest. Oh well, this will be a challenge, but I have vowed to overcome my handicap.
Second–experimenting with POVs. In my series, I chose to write in third person, because that seemed to be best suited for the story. I have always wanted to write in first person though. So, this happens to be the perfect opportunity to work on my long time wish.
Third–writing in different voices and timelines. This is another thing I always wanted to try out. Writing from varying perspectives–people of different ages, from different time periods, facing distinct challenges. Given I am committed to a series, that is something I do not get to do. Although I think of every character when I am outlining, I jot down their aspirations and agenda in detail, but I am unable to write them because of my chosen format. This, now, is my chance at it.
So there–my newest dream. I am excited, even though it means longer hours to fit this new project on top of supporting everything else I already do. But, as I said earlier–an indie writer’s job is nothing, if not dynamic. And I would not have it any other way.