So I’ve been working my way through the first round paper edits of Book 7 of The Academy of the Accord, and I’m thinking I may need to rethink the series.
There is so much overlap between the original ending of Book 5 and the starts of Books 6 and 7 that I’m thinking of taking all that overlap stuff and making it a book unto itself.
For one thing, it would certainly make editing this mess a whole lot easier in the long run.
And there is a whole lot of stuff that I had to cut because it didn’t really fit into any of them, but I saved it all because a) I’m even a packrat when it comes to computer files and b) it is still kind of needed somewhere but there’s currently just no where to put it.
And this extra book would let me expand some things that I need to put more emphasis on so it’s there for later books. (I’m looking at you, Book 11 – you and Andrek and the most confusing and convoluted family tree ever created.)
And for yet another thing, it would let me focus on just the characters that are center stage in Books 6 and 7 (Rahmael and Shander in Book 6, and Brythel in Book 7) and would cut down on a lot of repetition between the books.
It doesn’t solve all of my problems with the series, though. I’ll still be struggling with the (re)introduction of Azlea, for instance. Of course, I’m already not entirely sure when that happens so that’s not really a major drawback.
It won’t exactly solve the problem of Book 7 either. It’s still going to overlap some of the others no matter when I set the beginning of it because it’s Brythel and he’s… complicated.
And this new book in the middle of things sort of comes with a couple problems of its own.
For instance, so far it’s mostly just a series of scenes with no plot. I’d need to come up with something to tie it all together and tie it into the overall story arc for the series. (I’m pretty sure I can find something, I just have no idea what at this point.)
And of course, then it becomes Book 6 so I’ll have to renumber all of the other books and all of the files associated with them…
I think I’m going to scream now.
And the headache continues to grow.