This week I rewrote chapters 8 and 9 of my new novel (WotD) and finally got past the halfway point. I know this book has been going slower than my previous efforts, but aside from wanting to get it done right, there’s the question of worldbuilding. By the time I began the first Slowpocalypse and Watchbearers books, I’d already figured out the fundamental setups for those series (and made copious notes.) Not this time.
I’ll talk more about it when I post the behind-the-story articles on writing WotD, but I basically started from scratch when I began this book – I’ve been discovering the details of the setting as I’ve worked on the first and second drafts, rather than having already done a lot of that up ahead. It’s been exciting, but it’s also required more time trying to make sure I’m getting this ‘world’ just right. I think I’ve said already, but this series takes place in a post-apocalyptic Japan and is quite different from what I’ve written before. And I hope it’ll be my best book yet.