I’ll likely hit 50,000 words on my sequel to “99 Days” during my next writing session. It feels good.
I still have no idea what the book will be called. I may not have any idea until after the book’s written. That’s not a bad thing.
The sequel has a much different feel than “99 Days”. It’s broader in scope, and without the single point of view that characterized “99 Days.” That book was told completely through Kertram’s eyes. This one has many points of view, and many more characters. It will fit more into the fantasy subgenre of epic, where I’d classify “99 Days” as high or heroic fantasy. That book had a very intimate, personal feeling, given the solo POV. In the sequel, I get into the minds of many people.
The writing is difficult, given the multiple viewpoints and expanded universe. But it also feels very substantive, and even more “real” than the last book, since I’m building on the foundations of my other works in this world. I understand Slypht (my fantasy realm) more and more, so the world is more natural now.
I don’t know how long the book will ultimately be, but I wouldn’t be suprised if it surpasses 120,000 words. That means it’ll still be a while before the first draft is finished. Hopefully it’ll be worth it.