By P. J. Taylor, Oct 18 2019 01:14PM
It’s been quite a while since I last updated my blog. However, I am very pleased to say, I finished the first draft of Neddy Huggins & the Dungeons of Doom back in April this year.
During the past few months I have been busy working hard on developing a decent backstory for the main protagonist. This has resulted in me having to re-write the first few chapters a number of times, and pulling what little hair I have left out of my head. I’m now at a point where I feel the opening chapters are beginning to do justice to the story of Neddy and his older cousin, Skyla.
I have also written a number of new chapters for the manuscript. Probably, the most significant, of which, is an encounter with a two-headed wolf where Neddy must retrieve a set of keys that it guards using only his tail. I’ve also re-written a number of chapters involving a failed wizard that Neddy encounters about a third of the way through the manuscript. Whilst I’m a lot happier with how it currently reads, I’m probably going to have to re-write it again as I’m still not completely satisfied with it.
Those of you who have read my first two books will, do doubt, have noticed how I always have a number of comedic characters within its pages. In the first two ‘Brian’ books there were Sam and Hadley, two bickering monsters, who I enjoyed creating and writing about immensely. In my new manuscript Sir Bernard Feltham the Third is the comedic character, a bat who has severe memory issues, who never stops talking and, who is rather good at martial arts.
As I am about to begin editing yet again, I like to think of this manuscript as a rollercoaster ride. There’s thrills and excitement on every page, with a cast of ecliptic characters ranging from goblins and giant spiders to zombies and flying lizards.
Back to the editing . . .