Thanks as always, for checking in on the adventures of The Assassin's Table. I trust your enjoying this unfolding narrative at least half as much as I am while writing it.
My last entry was very brief and I didn't touch much on the creative process as promised. So I thought I'd try to give a few lines and share some of those insights.
So the story just began as some free form narrative chunks that I wrote sometime around June or July of last summer. That was a pretty good time to write. The major project of my day job was pretty wrapped up, the next project was outlined and set to go and I had a good chunk of downtime to just manage some day to day stuff at work. So I had a lot of spare energy to be creative and have fun.
I didn't really have much planned for the story. Just this concept of the Assassin's Table which I had described. Where was it? Why would these men be there? Who hired them? What system would require men of such skill and availability? Why does this young woman want them dead? What are the bigger forces at work. Sometimes the creative process is good to you and you can answer all these questions to create the narrative and build the world of the story all at once.
Negative capability was definitely my friend int he early stages. I was just able to daydream and write and give myself permission for all kinds of cool things to happen. Well, I think they're cool. I really hope you do as well.
Really, I don't have much in the way of rules when it comes to creating this story. I just tell myself to have fun and make it cool. I like my genre simple. Without going into spoilers, you won't find a need for map to figure out the geography. There will be no table of characters with family trees or appendices regarding the politics of this world. I promise the skullduggery of the tale will be just interesting enough. I'm just trying to write the book I want to read, and do the same for you in the process.
So go ahead and check out Chapter 5 - Miss Arbitage. Remember the pdf is at the bottom of the page.