Written in the Sand…

Hey all,

At the time of this writing, it has been two days since the release of Raw Kingdom: Written in the Sand. I want to thank everyone who got themselves a copy and participated in the official launch event on Facebook. If you haven’t managed to take part, you can get yourself a copy here https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1026062

Now with that out of the way, let’s have a closer look at the story behind the story (no spoilers).

Obviously, Written in the Sand is a follow-up to the prelude and follows our main character Khadir Daher’s time in his home country of Djadzele. As he recovers from the events that occured in the prelude, he will quickly realize that events prior were just a taste of life in the country’s outskirts.

To start things off, the entire process for writing the first issue, from initial draft to published script took around the same time as the prelude did (9 months). Even though the prelude is considerably shorter than Written in the Sand, They are two main reasons why I managed to finish the two books around the same length of time; patch-notes and planning.

What I call patch-notes, some might call concepts, short manuscripts or brainstormers (probably made up that last one). Essentially, they are ideas that I put in writing as I was figuring out what sort of story I would tell with Raw Kingdom. This process started long ago while I was still in high school when I was still juggling with the idea of becoming an author (more details on my blog post: What I wanted, what I needed.) But after that, I’ve compiled enough notes to dictate what the series will be about from the beginning to end. Then I had to pick and place where each notes belong in the overall story. As usual, there many story directions that didn’t make the end storyline. An example of that would be the prelude. When I started the note placing and even before that, I had no attention to write a prelude to my series. Mostly because at the time I didn’t really know what a prelude was, but I always decided that this series would be six books long. It was only until I started the initial drafts for what I thought would be the first issue. It became the prelude mainly because I decided that since the book is quite short and serves as an introduction to the main characters, it would make more sense for it to be a prelude. Due to this, every book has been redacted by one (Written in the Sand, initially being the second issue is now the first and so on). The now first issue had the most notes out of all the books, so there was less original content to come up with per say which saved a ton of time. Overall, the timeline I take for writing books depends on the amount of time I can allocate and the amount of base I’m able to work with. As I continue the series, I anticipate longer timeframes as the Khadir’s journey expands and he is introduced to fresh dilemmas that he couldn’t imagine. But it would never be as big as more traditional novels as I always strive to provide quality over quantity.

Get Written in the Sand today: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1026062

Until next time,

Y. Daher

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