This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for April 2022.
I'm posting a day early because our fearless leader just released a new book! Congratulations, Alex!
To celebrate the release of his newest book, CassaDark, Alex J. Cavanaugh is visiting my blog today. I asked Alex if he would tell us about changes he made to the story during drafting, and he agreed to let us peek behind the curtain. Give the Ninja Captain a warm welcome!
Melissa asked about changes to the story, and once I thought about it, there were several things not in the original outline. Now, I am big on outlining and can take months to put one together with just the right amount of detail. So, changes sometimes throw a wrench in things for me.
One such change involved the death of a secondary character. One of my beta readers suggested it would make the situation more dire and realistic. And while I hadn’t intended to kill the character, the death did raise the stakes and revealed how much trouble the people were facing.
Another scene involved an escape. It felt too easy. I knew a lot of challenges were coming up after that scene, but the getaway needed a couple minor obstacles to add some tension. That led into the other confrontations as they started piling on.
Then there’s the ending. I liken this to the big finale in CassaStar—Byron had to save the day, but how? Despite my outline, I didn’t have a definite plan for how Bassan was going to save everyone. (It always sounds so good in our heads until we get down on paper, right?) Then I remembered something from the very beginning of the story. I went back and wove that into the story line and there I had it— the moment of salvation!
Will those changes help rock the story more? I certainly hope so after the agony of adding them!
By Alex J. Cavanaugh
His world is unraveling…
Bassan’s father is stepping down from command. His best friend almost dies when Bassan freezes. Now, he’s being sent across the galaxy to speak at an important conference. Despite saving the eleven races years ago, he’s paralyzed by fear and doubt. Could things get any worse?
Once there, new acquaintance Zendar convinces Bassan to visit his planet for a humanitarian mission. Bassan’s special connection to ancient technology is the key to saving Zendar’s people. One problem though—it’s a prisoner planet.
On Ugar, he discovers things aren’t so straightforward. As each secret reveals itself, the situation grows more desperate. If he can’t find the right answers, he might die along with Zendar’s people. Can Bassan summon the courage to be a hero again?
Trade paperback, 226 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, LLC
Science fiction - Adventure (FIC028010) / Space Opera (FIC028030) / Space Exploration (FIC028130)
Print ISBN 9781939844842 $16.95 / eBook ISBN 9781939844859 $4.99
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Alex J. Cavanaugh works in web design and graphics, and he plays guitar in a Christian band. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is known as Ninja Captain Alex and he’s the founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
I enjoyed hosting you, Alex. As always, it was a pleasure. Congratulations and thanks for visiting!
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