Struggles with Additional Storylines in My Work in Progress Novel
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I don’t know if any of you writers have these same problems but ever since I started my 2nd draft of my work in progress there is always moments that’s hard for me because as I write there are a lot more scenes and plots I want to add in the novel. And I know I can’t because there are already scenes that I had to delete and characters I had to delete with their plot lines.
I started to create these short film concept videos for my novel. I don’t know if you have seen them on my blog. But as I ‘ve created them more I’ve received more ideas for plotlines and character arcs .
But where do I put them?
For instance one of my werewolf yearling characters Bastian who is in almost every scene with the POV character Cristan , has a really interesting backstory and story period . And I put part of that in my video The Last Great Arctos Pack . He is one of my orphaned yearling who yields fire and he wants to find out who killed his mother and pack. He is very curious about the human world and I want to put that in like a full storyline for him . Ultimately his storyline will be important to my novel series as well .
I hint at little points of his storyline through Cristan because Cristan can read his emotions and tell what he is thinking. Like in the chapter I just finished up Cristan and the rest of the pack have just encountered humans for the first time and Cristan senses a strong reaction from Bastian but why? I keep it unanswered and say Cristan doesn’t want to intrude in his friend’s thoughts. I can’t just compact his storyline in this one novel . It would be too cluttered , right?
I want to explore and answer these three questions :
Why is he so curious about the human world?
What really happened to his mother and pack?
Did the Castus Healers( exorcist who believe they can heal the werewolves and turn them human. I ‘ll talk more about them in a later post. They play an important role in the series ) kill his pack?
Bastian also has another side storyline in the 2nd novel that involves his future mate Imani . They are seen together a lot in this first book but the 2nd book when they finally reach the big werewolf community there love will be tested because of werewolf law. They basically have to compete for a mate. So there you go I will be introducing new characters in the 2nd book of course.
This is why I’m having problems . Because I just can’t wait to write these storylines.
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