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The Book Writing (and Editing) Process: Making Changes

When you start a book, the most important step is to accept the idea that the finished product will likely look different then what you initially envision.  Not that you should second guess yourself, and question every plot or character choice, but there are always some ideas that just won’t look as good when you first write them down (or even after you think about them more then once).

I’ve made more changes to the Lightrider Journals then I can remember.  The very first draft of this story was only nine pages, and it was all written in first person point of view.  I knew two things right away- that it needed to be longer, and that first person was not going to work.  So I started brainstorming, and came up with the idea of the Knights being sent off to fight their enemies, the Chaos Demons, and their all powerful leader, in some dark corner of Africa.  It got me up a few more pages, but again, I just couldn’t get behind it.  So instead, I reworked that little escapade into a training exercise the Knights would undergo in a parallel universe.  Which made a lot more sense then sending a group of newly empowered heroes right out to face the Lord of all Evil.  There was also a scene where the Demons attack Cleveland and destroy the Indians’ stadium.  One week after writing it, I realized this was WAY too big to pull off in the first story

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