Okay, I’ve gotten about 4 chapters into book three, working title Memorythief, and it’s taking on quite a different tone from the first two. Without spoiling things, Ry’s now in a really bad place, and the company he’s keeping is making matters worse.
As a writer, I have some ideas of the direction of the story before I start really pounding the keys, but there’s always at least three things that evolve spontaneously out of the primordial ooze between my ears, but with Firethief and Horsethief it came much later in the book, and definitely not in the first draft. This time around, I’ve had two of the major secondary players have drastic personality shifts betwixt my brain and my fingers, and it’s REALLY improved the story, even if it drives it on a slightly oblique angle to what I had plotted out in my notes. It at least helps me avoid the most annoying problem with fiction (in my view), the Mary Sue problem, wherein the writer has made their protagonist so perfect and/or powerful the author has a hell of a time giving them problems to solve that don’t all boil down to the escalating threat.
Here’s hoping it makes the story even better!