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promophoto Thanks to author Dianne Lynn Gardner for stopping by and sharing what it takes to wrap up a fantasy trilogy. Enjoy!

The Process of Wrapping up a Trilogy by Dianne Lynn Gardner

When I wrote The Ian’s Realm Saga, I had planned the story to be a three-book story arc, with each book having it’s own mini story, but the real conflict not being resolved until the last book. The saga does take side trips with the short stories in the A Tale of the Four Wizards series. And there are more books to the series not yet written that take place in the Realm.

The last book to this trilogy, Rubies and Robbers just happened to be ready to draft in November. What great timing that turned out to be. I was able to write it during NaNoWriMo! The National Writer’s Challenge Month. Needless to say, I joined up and wrote like crazy and finished in 27 days with 50K words. And it really was an easy book to write. Of course, that was only a first draft and I finally finished the novel at over 62K words not too long ago.

Ever since I began writing the first book, Deception Peak, I saw the ending. I could not wait to write the ending, it was going to be so exciting. And for all the twists and turns that the story took through both Deception Peak and the second installment, The Dragon Shield, the ending never changed. It was firm in my mind and in my heart. You can imagine how excited I was to finally get to it!

I have a writing process that I learned from a book called Anatomy of Story by John Truby, which has helped me in plotting out my stories. It’s somewhat complicated, having 22 steps to follow. But it’s so thorough that by the time you have the steps charted, your novel just flows and makes sense in the end.

One of the most difficult things to do with a third book in a trilogy is making sure everything you’ve written so far gets resolved. That process entails going back and reading what you’ve written not just one or two times. At one point I had to have all three manuscripts opened and placed next to each other on my computer screen. I have to admit, I lost Ian’s Sword once and had to go back and look for it. Where the heck was the last place he put it? *laughs here. Losing something is not anything unusual in my household!

A third book in a trilogy also has to resolve the growth of the characters. Every event that happened in the series affected not just Ian, my main character, but his dad, the people he was living with, and the antagonists. They all grew in some way be it backwards or forwards. The third book is the conclusion of their growth. The growth of the characters tied in close to theme development, so I needed to make certain they were consistent, and final.

1-Rubiesfinal It’s my goal that when the reader finishes reading the last page of Rubies and Robbers, the story doesn’t end for them. I want to leave the reader with something to think about and perhaps something that might effect their life for the better. I honestly believe that this trilogy just might do that. We’ll see. I’ve yet to have many readers of the whole series. But time will tell.

Thanks, Vonnie, for having me on your blog!”

For more information about Dianne Lynn Gardner and her books, you can view her Publisher’s website: http://www.hydrapublications.com/shop/deception-peak/ or the official book blog: http://dragontargeseries.blogspot.com/or her website:http://gardnersart.comYou can also find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheIansRealmSaga?ref=ts&fref=ts , Twitter https://twitter.com/DianneGardner, and goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6473931.Dianne_Lynn_Gardner

And you can view the Dragon Shield Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c2rm6mGBrM

If you’re interested in purchasing The Dragon Shield or Dianne’s other books, check http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Shield-Dianne-Lynn-Gardner/dp/0615760457 and Author Central on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Dianne-Lynn-Gardner/e/B0090LIYEO or smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260744

Thanks again to Dianne Lynn Gardner for her guest post. Watch Whimsical Words for more guests, blogs from me, and Readers & Writers Recipes. Have an adventurous day! – Vonnie

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