Better Than Blood & Soul?

Isn’t that what you’re supposed to aim for? Honing your craft? Improving your skills? Being better? I think the only “flaw” with Blood was the later than the average first plot point which, wasn’t really that late. I had a lot of set-ups to do. And as the Amazon and Goodreads reviews show Blood really gets going at 30%. The complexity of laying the groundwork falls away and a fast paced story emerges with moments of depth and relevance along with harrowing battle and fight scenes. It rises in urgency, stakes, mystery, and tension until the climax on a mountain top in a bloody sword fight as everything is on the line. “The guy in the review said Blood had all the ingredients of a blockbuster epic.”

How can I beat that? If you want an awesome story you need strong structure for the lynch pins and hinge points to even approach greatness. It can’t be done half-heartedly. You can’t phone it in. Your effort needs to be front and center when you sit down and crack your knuckles.

I would not admit it to anyone but I had doubts if I could top Blood & Soul. In the last few weeks, Oblivion is growing into a top shelf piece of work. I have no doubt Out of Oblivion will be a great book. Deactivating Facebook and other social media gave me a huge shot of energy and focus. It’s paying off far more than I expected. I’m truly excited about the potential.

I’m learning so much about what it takes for me to write a book under severe time constraints. That is huge. I know what mistakes I made early on with Oblivion. I will not make those mistakes with future writings.

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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