Since I can remember, I often dreamt of being a writer and for years I kept to it, plotting and planning my magnum opus, but never took the time to stop and write the book. Then I read that your first book shouldn’t be the one you love the most and that you should start small, creating and writing other stories to prepare you to write the one you love.
That’s when I came up with Magik: The Avatar Wars. There were other books before it, but the same thing happened to them that happened to the one that I love, and they went to development hell. For months I plotted and planned the stories, but nothing came out of them until I finally decided that enough was enough and I had to write something, from start to finish if I ever wanted to break this vicious cycle.
So I sat on my laptop for a week and came up with Magik: The Avatar Wars. I developed the characters, the plot and how many books I would settle on. Now, I must mention this because it’s the honest truth. The one thing I loathe is creating “character profiles” for my characters. I dread it, in fact. So, to avoid this, I decided that I would create a basic profile for my protagonists and my antagonist and create stand-alone prequel stories for them. This way I can learn about them as I write and they would come to life right on the page. I started with Andrades Archibald IV, and A Royal Game was born.
It didn’t take me long to figure out what kind of person he would be and his obsession with going to Mage Society and it worked out for the better. In that story, many characters were born. While at work (as a Foreman), I created and developed Agent Nyre Mauthe and the M.A.N.A. and immediately put her into the story when I returned home. With Andrades being a master manipulator and smooth talker I needed to give him opposition that wouldn’t take his crap. And she was it.
Then came the Avatars. I hadn’t fully developed them, but I knew what concept that I wanted to stick with. I knew they were once alive and that they now resided in these orbs to be used to do battle. The idea came from a trip to GameStop and seeing a Pokémon poster on the wall. I thought: Wouldn’t it be cool for mages to use other mages to do battle? Turns out, it was.
I finished A Royal Game on September 30, 2017. It was the first full book I completed and was a proud moment for me. It was my first. I did what I sat out to do and finished the book. In truth, I was exhausted. Working 50 plus hours a week, and trying to right 3k words a day, while maintaining a personal life can be tiresome for anyone. But I had to do it and I did.
If you have a goal, go for it. No matter how hard it is, or stressful, just go for it. You’ll be surprised what you are capable of when you put your mind to something and succeed at it.