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This blog series following the creation of Duty from idea to print book is part of an experiment. Back in 2011, I had just finished my most recent short story and felt like writing one more. But I didn't have any clear ideas about how to begin. I just reached my 100th post on this blog, so I decided to host a contest. Duty: A Novel of Rhynan was born.
For the contest, I asked everyone for their best opening line suggestions. I received a generous crop with massive potential. There were so many ideas and so little time.
The winner was this gem.
"The red one is mine," he said. - Abigail
I also used another submission in the first chapter of the rough draft. It was an entry from Katherine and appears in a slightly modified form in the final version of the book.
“She could feel the darkness like a living thing, growing ever stronger, pressing her more closely ever second that she lingered, waiting to hear her fate.” - Katherine
On November 10, 2011, the book’s journey officially began. By November 15, Duty had 1,700 words and two main characters. The main character’s first name was temporary, “Kayta,” and I had named the male lead Lord Ivraine (It was later changed to Lord Irvaine.)
The next post will cover how "Kayta's" name changed.
Question: Do you prefer reading novels or short stories?