A Fear of Compromise

I love it when a project starts to near the finish line. I love it even more when all my plot pieces start falling into place and I begin to understand how the story wants to end. You can tell I end my novels in Pantser mode, right?

I haven’t been able to be as full-steam ahead on this book as I’ve wanted, but I’m still quite pleased with the results. I think this first draft should be done in March if not earlier. It’ll also be nice to have a standalone novel out in the world once I polish it out a bit so it shines.

Project: The Seeking

Each Seeking, the magic that protects the city of Carra must be renewed, which means the children of the High Family must go into hiding. Whether it be through disguise or bribe, through trusted friends or perfect hiding places, every child of the Priest family must avoid capture for the full day.

When things go wrong with the renewal, itโ€™s up to seventeen-year-old Dahlia, the middle child of the Priest family, and her girlfriend, Bisa, to escape Carra and find the magical beings responsible for the protection. They must learn who would require such a cruel game to be played every year and if the protection of the Gray People is really worth such a deadly cost. What they will discover is far worse.

THE SEEKING is a YA dark fantasy novel

Words Written:
2/13 – 810
2/14 – 786
2/15 – 1,803
2/18 – 530
2/22 – 3,245

Current Word Count: 53,123

Progress:
Some horrible scenes followed by a crazy choice. But will the right choice be made?

Next Up:
We find Mother.

Commentary:
Sometimes you have to jump when an opportunity presents itself, even if it isn’t a perfect fix and even if you know there will be limitations. Compromise is always more difficult because it means you have to willingly accept loss. Generally there’s this idea that you’re supposed to fight, fight, fight until you win, but that never works. Over and over again history shows that compromise is the key to real prosperity, not railing blindly against your enemies. Nothing good ever came from completely refusing a compromise.

And omggggg, 2/3 of the way through! The ending is rushing up though, so this might not make it entirely to 80k words, but that’s okay for a YA novel. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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