Allen G. Bagby

Author of the Creed of Kings Saga

Out of Oblivion First Draft Done

12308775_10207271787625708_8364153024136053772_nWhat’s the most important thing a writer can do when writing a book? FINISH!

No matter how rickety the construction, get…it…done! I learned this with Blood & Soul. To me, my struggle was monumental because I put a lot of pressure on myself to write the best book I could write. I labored long, long hours to find the theme, the message, the climax for the first book.

What is the moment of resolution for Out of Oblivion? When is the best place for the hero’s journey, struggle and fight come to the culmination? What does it mean? Does it resonate deeply?

Blood & Soul ended with a sword fight at the top of the world over the survival of all life itself. But Ledarrin was also saving people he loved, his father’s realm, his reputation, and justice for the wife he lost to a horrible death and the woman he loved who had come into his life. All this “came to me” in the development, the writing, the wondering and the rewriting.

Do you ever come away from a conversation and think, “Wow, I shoulda said…”? Well, as a writer, I get to go back and write in the “shoulda said” in subsequent drafts. Awesome!

When you’ve done the first draft the question is, as the old Bob Seger song says, “What to leave in, what to leave out.” And, what have I not developed enough?

Sorry for the sports analogy but here it is regarding the first “inglorious” draft of Out of Oblivion:

A football analogy is best. I drove the ball/story downfield and got inside the twenty-yard-line, the red zone. I was close enough to score a touchdown but came away falling short on fourth down and turning the ball over to the other team: my short-comings. It was not quite the ending I hoped for. You know? Those endings when the fans are cheering and players pouring Gatorade on the winning coach. But that’s the cool thing about the first draft. I don’t have to publish it. I can shoulda-said-it.

Do I have a good ending? Oh yes. The “touchdown” I see is awesome. But I could not pull it off given the current material. I have the players. I need better plays.

So back to the drawing board. That’s normal. To read Hemingway’s thoughts on the first draft of anything click here. I don’t turd-polish. I don’t go for fool’s gold. I go for gold. And, until I get nerd tears over the ending, I won’t be satisfied.

But, the cool thing about writing a book is I can rewind and rewrite. I can create until my heart his content and I will succeed as long as I stay true to the highest standards. If I just get close enough for a field goal, I will be encouraged with 3 points. I’m writing to make the perfect pass, with the clock ticking down to zero with an ending so powerful that the fans will run on to the field and tear down the goal post. THAT’S what I’m looking for!

I have FINISHED the first draft and have started the second draft.

P.S. 3/10/2016 is the last day Blood & Soul will be FREE for a long, long time!


About Allen G. Bagby

Allen G. Bagby is an American author of fantasy fiction and an experienced blogger. His favorite and influential authors are David Gemmell, J. R. R. Tolkien, Bernard Cornwell, Terry Goodkind and C. S. Lewis. He is also influenced by movies such as Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gladiator and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Blood & Soul is the first book in the Creed of Kings Saga. It can be read alone. He independently published Blood & Soul in mid-2014. It hit #1 a couple of times and stayed five and a half months on Amazon's Top 100 in various related genres. He's currently writing the next book in the Creed of Kings Saga, the working title is Out of Oblivion. Website: Twitter: @aspeakinghuman Facebook Page: Goodreads Author Page:

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