Writing Prequels Is HARD!

I have some good news and some bad news…

The good news is that my clone-sibling is writing a prequel to The Awakening (and other stories).

The bad news is that my clone-sibling is writing a prequel to The Awakening (and other stories).

It has turned out for the best that I was unable to edit the final book of The Awakening immediately after Paul finished writing it, because some minor details in that manuscript now need to be… adjusted. The author sometimes has trouble remembering things such as exactly how much time passed during a particular part of a character’s backstory, which characters had already met each other and when/how, etc.; I, on the other hand, have every version of all of it, including the original versions, in my head… somewhere. The author sometimes doesn’t tell me that he has decided to revert to an earlier version of a plot thread, character’s backstory, or whatever, but he expects me to know about that (un)change anyway. So the trouble isn’t with inventing a plot for the prequels — we’ve always had that — but rather with making sure we don’t contradict anything from the already-published novels.

Last week, the author was amusing/distracting himself with character interactions of a mildly humorous tone. Y’see, he knows how this sequence of novels will end… (*fake/not-fake ominous laughter*) And so do you, if you’ve read even the first two novels of The Awakening. (If you haven’t read them, you don’t care anyway, so no worries.) I don’t think it’s a major character dying that the author is worried about having to write; I think he’s worried about writing something that happens earlier, because that character’s earlier problem is, well, semi-autobiographical. Been there, done that, etc.

As of yesterday (Monday, January 17, 2022) afternoon, Paul had written more than 50K words on this manuscript. Not bad, considering he works on it only during his free time at his day job, and he started writing it less than a month ago.

Alas, all this does mean that the writing of “that novel” has been pushed back yet again. On the other hand, at least two of the same characters are in this book, and readers will have several books of “backstory” on them by the time we (finally) finish writing it.



About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have eight cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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