Plotting the Finale -Volume 8

Yes, you’re right, Volume 7 of The Year of the Dragon is not quite out yet – it’s in final redrafts now, hoping for a May release if all works well. But I’m already writing Volume 8 – the grand finale.

Since this is the last volume of the series, the plot structure departs from my usual “trees with many roots and branches” jumble. I have to wrap things up. Threads are joining together, number of POVs is being reduced as characters fall out of the plot one way or another, all leading to a climactic (hopefully) conclusion.

It’s not going to be too much of a spoiler to say that it looks like I’ll have a distinct three-act structure to this volume, with a pivotal moment in the middle. At least, that’s the plan. How it’s going to pan out in the months to come, remains to be seen.

My ambition is to release Volume 8 before the end of this year, together with a bundle of volumes 5-8. We’re at the end of March now. I have about 20k words of the first draft done, I’m going to need probably a hundred thousand more to fit everything in one book.

This could be an interesting year.

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Plotting the “Chrysanthemum Seal” Draft

A peek into my creative process.

I’m finally wrapping up the first draft of the Chrysanthemum Seal, and immediately getting to work on second draft (there’s so much to fix already!) but first, I have to finally sit down and order the scenes around.

I managed to write this draft scene-by-scene in no particular order, as I felt it, with the entire plot in my head; but it eventually grew so complicated that before I could set the whole thing into chapters, I had to draw this: the order of events, as they happen in book-time.

Pixellated for spoilers :)
Pixellated for spoilers, of course 🙂

Oh, and the first person to suggest I should have been using Scrivener for this, gets banned 😉