What’s Going on in my Trilogy

As you might know, I’m in the middle of writing the trilogy. It’s a dystopian trilogy with a military/espionage focus. This is an update on how that’s going in general.

The first installment, To the Death, is currently in edits, in the capable hands of the wonderful Natalie Cannon for the second round of edits. Novels take a while to edit, of course, so it’s been in this stage for a while, but I have hopes that it’ll be ready before too long.

The second installment, To the End of the Earth, is in the writing process right now, which puts all the pressure on me. It’s very nearly done, less than two chapters left to write, and then I’ll be going over it with a fine-toothed comb (well, a comb at any rate) before I send it off to Natalie.

The third installment, A Brave New World, is all ready to go for when I send part two off. I’ve got it all outlined. The tricky bit about this part is that there’s less action. Everything’s going to be more drawn out. The fast paces of books one and two have set book three up for a massive battle scene stretching several chapters, and then some post-war chapters, and a really long epilogue. My chapters are usually J.K. Rowling sized, but this one’s going to be more of a George R.R. Martin sized chapter. Hopefully. It’s going to have to be if the books are going to be of a similar length.

When I started writing this last fall, when the concept popped into my head for the first time, it was a single book and I never thought I’d finish it because I’d never written a novel before. Somehow I realized I had way too much material for a single book and it became a trilogy. One Camp NaNo later and I realized I CAN write a novel, and three is not so scary as I thought it would be. And here I am, over half done writing, and little over a year later. I hope that I can get it published so that you can all enjoy this project I’ve worked so hard on.

Cheers,

C

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About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

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