Writing Plans

Hidden Tribe” is in edits. Yesterday afternoon I wrapped up the outline for the new Wendy Markland short story, “It Isn’t Paranoia”, that will appear in the Umbral Press re-release of the first Wendy Markland novel, “Predators or Prey?”.

At first, my plan had been to go straight from the outlining of “It Isn’t Paranoia”, and into the first draft of the story. But, it’ll be a little awhile, from the looks of things, before that’s needed. And I’ve been really, really itching to start work on the first draft of the first “Warder” novel.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, or ignoring my blog, “Warder” began life as a comic book project several years ago. Given the difficulties we keep running into even trying to get a comic book project off the ground, and then building sales for the series once it is up, and going, plans for “Warder” have changed. Rather than an on-going, bi-monthly comic book series, “Warder” will now be a series of novels. Maybe a mixture of novels, and novellas. The first book in the series will cover the events that had been planned for the first story of the comic book series. That would’ve been a 3-issue story arc. As I’ll be working from the scripts for those issues, for all intents and purposes, the first “Warder” novel is already outlined. So are parts of Book 2, and Book 3 of the series.

Originally, the first three issues of the comic were one story. Issue #4 was a contained story. Issue #5 was the same. Issue #6 kicked off another multi-issue arc. Those first six issues are scripted. They’ve been sitting here, waiting, for several years now.

The revised plan for the series of “Warder” novels is, currently, to use the first three scripts as the basis for Book 1. The Issue #3 stand-alone story will be blended with the story that Issue #6 of the comic would have kicked off, absorbed into those events. And the stand-alone that had been planned for Issue #4, which would have set up for future events, will be covered in Book 3, along with the chain of events that issue would have set into motion.

So, that’s where we are right now. Thank you all for accompanying me on this journey, and for the support. I wouldn’t be here if not for all of you!

Scott Harper


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