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A tale of a trilogy

As some of you may remember from when I was first talking about the book deal for The Way We Fall, this “series” was originally intended to be only two books.  I knew before I even started writing TWWF that there was more to the story, more than I could fit in one book, and one of my biggest hopes was that I’d get to write that sequel.  When my awesome publisher offered to buy three books, I was ecstatic.  I just figured the third book would be an unrelated standalone or the start of a new series.

So what happened?  Well, basically, the book happened.  Or rather, books.  I sat down to write the first draft of the sequel last winter, following my outline, and it just kept getting… longer.  Finally, when I was almost at the midpoint of the outline and had well over 200 pages of book, I realized I couldn’t ignore this.  There was no way I could tell all the story I wanted to in a comparably-sized book (The Way We Fall is just over 300 pages) without cutting so much none of it made any sense.  Heck, I could already see places where I need to go back and flesh scenes out more!

But there was that third book that hadn’t been decided on, which made a possible solution obvious. I emailed my editor with a brief outline of what I intended to happen in the story and where it could potentially be split in two, and asked her what she thought. When she gave the go ahead to turning what was once a duology into a trilogy, I was both relieved and nervous. I never meant to write a trilogy! How was I going to make what had been half a book a fulfilling book on its own? Few things are more unsatisfying to me than a middle book without real plot and character arcs, so I hardly wanted to do that to my readers.

Thankfully, it appears my subconscious may have known this was going to happen all along. Although there are some major threads that continued through the single sequel, I’d already seen it as having a major turning point in the middle that changed how the characters viewed and approached the problems facing them. I just had to strength the arcs in each half, and voila! Two books.

So far that seems to be working out all right. My editor did not get back to me after reading Book 2 saying, “Er, maybe this isn’t such a great idea after all.” Phew! The ending is more cliff-hanger-y than I’d prefer, but, well, if it was that or giving you only a highly truncated version of the story, I’ll go with the cliff-hanger any day. (Forgive me.)

All of which goes to show that creativity is a strange and mysterious thing, and you never quite know what you’re writing until you’ve written it.

Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 4th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm definitely thrilled :) I can't wait to read the 'published' version of TWWF, and I loved the second book (even in an earlier version) -- so this is great for readers too!
Nov. 9th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
I hope all the readers feel the same way! :D
Nov. 5th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Sometimes I find clues I've left myself when I re-read what I've already written. Clues I didn't know about!

I'm really looking forward to the first one in your new series.
Nov. 9th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
I don't believe in a literal muse, but sometimes the process seems almost magical. I love the moments when I realize I've already written the answer without noticing it. :)
Nov. 9th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)
If there was a literal muse, I would kidnap her!
Nov. 5th, 2011 09:57 am (UTC)

Nov. 9th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
*Excited too*

Now I just have to write book 3...
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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