Avatar CatherineThe idea for the Chrystias was given to me years ago (and I mean YEARS ago) while at school for a Sixth Form English project.  The result was a 40 page story that impressed the teachers enough for me to get a really good mark for English.

Over the years I picked the story up and made hand written alterations to it, several times I tried to type it up, but gave up because it was such a mammoth task.

Early last year my darling and I were discussing our dreams, passions and goals.  His was to ride motorbikes whenever and wherever he could.  I told him to wanted to be a published writer.  His words still ring in my ears.  “You will never be a published writer if you don’t write.”  It was a very stark reminder that I had put aside a lot of my goals and passions to focus on my career and later my son.  Now it was time to find my passions again.

So the first thing I did was search the internet for writing groups, places where I could find some encouragement, some motivation to get the fingers onto the keyboard again.  I accidentally stumbled across Kiwi Writers, which was the beginning of my new life, as a writer.  I happened across Kiwi Writers about a month or two before SoCNoC, Southern Cross Novel Competition, a Southern Hemisphere version of NANO – November Novel writing month. 

By this time I had already started re-working my story, but I wasn’t far into it when I discovered that there was so much I had left out.  So much I could add that would make the story fuller, make it into an epic. (In my eyes anyway!)  So, began a five month journey that led my 40 page story into a 160k word trilogy.

I knew the ending was lame in my initial story, so I wanted more conflict and wanted someone to die, but I knew and loved all of the characters, so I created someone that I would eventually kill, however as the story progressed, I started to like him too.  So I had a dilemma, do I kill him off or not?  In the meantime, it was the perfect person to stir up trouble and keep the plot flowing.

The original story did not have the Prophesies, that was someting else I wanted to add, and then I came up with the perfect twist that will be a selling point for the story (hopefully).  I can’t explain the twist, you have to read the story to get that, but it was cunning!  Some characters had to be removed, or amalgamated, because my story writing has progressed a long way from a 16 year old, but funnily enough, reading back over the stories now while editing them, I can see a distinct difference in each story which shows how my writing has improved.

Keeping track of all the plots wasn’t hard, in fact I found that most of the plots just naturally worked themselves out, although having started editing again, I have found a hole that needs a major repair, but that won’t be hard to fix, just needs a little tender loving care.

I did have a “bible” a book dedicated solely to the story.  When I was writing it, I would take my son to the park and sit on the park bench and work out plot outlines, where I want characters to be, how they have developed throughout each story, how the will be placed at the final climactic scene in each book and whether it will all work out or not.

For a first attempt at serious story writing, I am impressed at my own abilities, although surprised might be the better word.  I am certainly not the worlds best story teller and it took a while to learn the difference between telling and showing, but that has been worked through.  I am not saying that I am the best writer and deserve to be published, but if I can work on it, perhaps by the time I am 40 I might just be a published writer in NZ.

Writing a Trilogy

2 thoughts on “Writing a Trilogy

  • September 23, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks for the post – it was really interesting. It sounds like the trilogy has grown and expanded quite organically out of its short story roots.

  • September 23, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Yes, it has, but it also involved a lot of extra material, because a short story only goes so far! To add interest, I had to add conflict, drama, intrigue. But funnily enough most of what I added had a way of working itself out.


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