Well, you didn’t ask for it, but I am offering it. If you’re curious about my plan for my Weapons of the War story, then check out my 1-page synopsis (excluding the very end… I have to keep some secrets):
In the midst of the Cheer market day, where the rich and the poor mingle to buy and sell locally produced goods, an urchin is on the run from two men. The stolen knife is exchanged for a punch to the gut.
Llewella, a pickpocket with the power to heal herself, dreams of etching out a new life, different from that expected from a girl-orphan in a small town.
When Llewella’s friend points the finger at her in a murder, she knows there is no longer a place for her in Cheer.
She meets foreigners, Jonas and his friend, in town on a job escorting a girl to her future husband, and recognizes a chance to leave town, venture into the world beyond and earn a legitimate income while she’s at it.
But, Jonas is the man Llewella stole the knife from only a day earlier, and he’s not about to forgive her. With quick thinking Llewella convinces Jonas to let her go with him – at least for the start of the journey. Llewella proves her competence and is accepted into the group. In fact, Llewella and Jonas bond over similar childhood experiences.
When Llewella and Jonas are involved in a fight, Llewella is killed, but she doesn’t stay dead for long. The revelation that she is of the healer race outrages Jonas, whose parents and (as far as he knows) his wife and child were killed by healers. With her identity revealed, Llewella finds herself attracting interest from a powerful magician called Braph, who would use her blood to gain even more power. Only Jonas is strong enough to face him, and Llewella must, once again, convince him to trust her.
Braph is Jonas’s half-brother, and the two men battle over past injustices and for Llewella’s freedom. A head-to-head battle tests both men to the limits.
Failing to beat his brother in battle, Braph abducts Llewella, taking her back to his home where he draws her blood, replenishing his power-source. Llewella manages to escape and must make her way across unknown country in an attempt to return to her friends.
Llewella finds her companions, but so does Braph. In the midst of a battle, Jonas and Braph face off once again; Braph more powerful, and Jonas more determined, than before…
Have added about 540 words to Chapter 4 today – and moved about 1200 words from Chapter 4 into Chapter 5. I’m adding a little more depth to the characters, I believe. Making it more believable when they do things later. Crisping up some of my cheesy dialogue. Sharing some back-story. I’m iffy about offloading too much back-story at once. Even well-written, I can pick it in books I’ve read and, as I reader, I just think to myself “there goes some back-story”… I think it is really hard to allow characters to expose their history (or the history of the others) without it being obvious as a narrative tool. So, it’s highly likely that I will have to re-write what I’ve written today again (there’s no way I got it right the first time), but at least I’m making progress within the structure of my story plan… and I have a plan that I feel good about. Whoop!