You might think a writer with non-fiction publishing experience (that’s me) would have finished a debut novel in less than two years (that’s roughly how long I’ve been working on it). But my WiP (work in progress) has gone through an evolutionary process, and I can only hope that means I’m writing something of greater value than what I had originally planned. The novel started as two things: a world-setting idea and a plot idea. The world-setting is based on Mesopotamia (an under-utilized setting in my opinion) and as for the plot idea, well, I can’t give that away. But there have been six stages of evolution since that original idea. 30,000 words have been written at a minimum, many of them now discarded. A deeper world, with more mythology, and a well-formed sense of the religious practices of its inhabitants, is being formed. Characters are coming into existence as real people, not half-formed facsimiles of human beings. I’ve struggled to decide what reader expectations are for an epic fantasy. And it has been liberating in iteration number six to decide I am aiming at a reader like myself, someone who wants a deep world, rich mythology, a blend of optimism and realism, and a story that is more than a plot. Immersion is the experience I seek in a book, so it is what I am aiming to create for my someday-readers.
I'm a fantasy fan and I'll bet you are too. I also am in the early stages of building a fantasy world and writing stories and novels. It will be a world like Mesopotamia and my goal is to create something immersive like the best fantasy worlds out there.