I’ve written double what I needed to for the little Camp goal, I’m currently at 6007 words! (300 words are 3 comic pages technically) so I’ve got no worries about camp, just story structure!
And here’s the thing, after hopping about imagining Spectra and dabbling in other stories and all that, I figured out a solution to Spectra’s beginning. Because for the longest time I’ve felt like it starts off too unevenly, or really that it does NOT give the reader a good idea of what they’re getting into whenever I planned to start with young Sheyla having to handle her magic before the war that sets everything off, and even when combined with Des and his encounters with aliens, nothing quite clicked. The problem was that even though they acknowledged the wider dangers out there at the start (aliens) they aren’t really shown and there’s simply a lot more about them and their families, the “normal” before the storm.
And even if that was okay, I never solved “Do I open with Sheyla? Do I open with Des? Do I open with a flash forward prologue that mostly has Sheyla and maybe a bit of Des?” I wasn’t satisfied.
It was simply apparent I was bored of the opening I planned. Not that the scenes are utterly bad, but they make bad openings, they do nothing to indicate the scale of conflict in Spectra, just a teenager and a kid being set up before the war that puts them on opposite ends. It just couldn’t work.
I couldn’t think of a way around it.
I decided it would have to open with someone besides Sheyla or Des. Someone already in the middle of the action, someone deep in the action throughout the whole story. Thankfully, there are a few characters who have already have several segments with their POVs consistently spread throughout the government. I considered Dale and other members of the Kaldoan military and resistance, who are certainly prominent. But, I realized that perhaps the best one to open it up would be the Void Lord, since he would have the benefit of being in space.
And also the first chapter is a few years before the war, so the Kaldoan military wouldn’t be doing anything plot specific and I’d be tempted to make filler politics that connects to tension between the factions and that sounds too complex for now. And like filler. But the Void Lord…his focus stays the same through the whole thing.
I might still introduce Dale’s side afterward, but it wouldn’t be necessary and it verges into needless backstory that only I (and friends) would be interested in at this point.
For all I know the prologue will only be a page, but it should give a nice sense of scale to the story and hint at how all the disparate threads of Spectra will come together in a cohesive whole.