431 words in the past hour. Not a large amount, but it is the opening.
I find that the opening of a story is one of the hardest things to write. How do I establish the scene? How do I introduce the characters? How do I create an atmosphere? It’s not easy.
I think as I get deeper into the story, the words will flow much more freely. I need to get into the zone and have no distractions, which isn’t always possible.
But it has started in a room somewhere on Mars with an American and an Italian. I hope to be finished the first installment of Journey to Ariadne this week and have it posted at my official website.
So my question to you is: What do you find to be the most difficult part of starting a new story? Please post your answer in the comments.
I’m happy to announce the title of my upcoming science fiction duology, as well as the name of the planet and the star.
The title is Ariadne: Origins.
It takes place on the planet Ariadne in the Beta Comae Berenices system, a star just under 30 light years from Earth. The name Ariadne comes from the alternate name of Coma Berenices (Berenice’s hair), Ariadne’s hair. While no planets have been discovered around this star yet, it is on the list of high priority targets for sun-like stars to host exoplanets. While it’s only 3 billion years old, that doesn’t mean evolution happens at the same pace as it has on Earth.
I haven’t decided the title of the first book, but I’ll announce it when I’ve finished writing it. I have no definite timeline for it to be finished, but I hope by summer. Editing will commence after that.
In the meantime, I will be writing short stories to lead up to the release of the book, and to give you something to read. I’ll be providing plenty of information about the world to give you some background, although it’s not necessary that you read it to understand the book.
You can read the announcement here. To receive updates about the books, please subscribe to this blog or my official website.