Today I have the pleasure of hosting another Magic Appreciation Tour author on my blog: L. Blankenship. She is here to talk about her new novel, Disciple Part 1, which is already available from Amazon, B&N, Kobo and elsewhere. She is also holding an awesome giveaway to promote her new book and giving away 2 ebook copies of Disciple Part 1. Enter the contest through the Rafflecopter below. And now for the guest post…
Where to begin?
by L. Blankenship
It can be tough to figure out where to start that novel you’re writing. The novel is really just one slice of a bigger story — the characters had lives before the novel started, and they’ll keep living after it ends (well, some of them).
The characters involved in a story will grow and change because of what happens — or they ought to. It makes for a better story. They arrive on page 1 with their own personal baggage. They’ve gone through important life events already, which made them the people they are.
Is the character’s entire life vitally important to this story, though? Like any other writer, I had to consider all of the steps that brought my main character, Kate Carpenter, to page one of Disciple, Part I. There were important events when she was younger, which brought her to the attention of the kingdom’s master healer. If the master healer hadn’t accepted Kate as an apprentice, she never would have been sent on a secret mission or gotten involved in the war at all.
But how Kate got there was not necessarily so interesting in itself. Also, she was far from the only character who went through important events to get to Page 1. The war has its roots in many places and long ago. The kingdom’s only prince, Kiefan Weissberg, had his own personal baggage to collect before Disciple began.
I had to find the point where the interesting part of the story began. There were plans laid long before things got rolling, and there will be repercussions in this world long after it ends. But where should the first page of Part I begin?
Despite all the possibilities, I went with simple ones: a journey begins, and girl meets boy.
Which one did you use to start your story?
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The saints favor her, else-wise a peasant girl like Kate Carpenter would never be apprenticed to the kingdom’s master healer. But her patron saint also marks her ready for the duty of tending to a mission that must cross the ice-bound mountains. Their little kingdom faces invasion by a vast empire and desperately needs allies; across the snow-filled pass, through the deathly thin air, is a country that’s held off the empire and may be willing to lend an army.
Kate knows about frostbite and the everyday injuries of wilderness travel. She can heal those.
She’s not ready for the attentions of a ne’er-do-well knight and the kingdom’s only prince, though.
And she isn’t ready for the monsters that harry them night and day, picking off their archers first, wearing the party to exhaustion, pushing Kate beyond the limits her healing abilities.
She must keep them alive, or her blood will be on the snow too.
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