*Disclaimer: D.J. didn’t tell us all his secrets (though we tried!), but he did give us some pretty cool insight into his books.
"When writing, I tend to plan out what’s going to happen and make it up as I go along. SYLO (the book and the trilogy) is an intricately plotted story. When writing that kind of tale, I want to know where the story is going before I start writing words that people will read. The last thing I want to happen is to write and write and write, only to find that I’ve hit a brick wall and can go no further because I’ve found a fatal flaw in the premise. Worse, I’d hate to find that fatal flaw in books #2 or #3, after book #1 has already been published!
What I do when starting a new story is to imagine how the entire tale will unfold, and take notes. At this point I’ll not only find the shape of the first book, but of the books to come. That’s when I’ll decide how many books the story will require. The ideas I come up with at this point are very broad-stroke. There isn’t a whole lot of detail. Once the overall arc of the story, and of the characters is roughed out, I’ll then go back and do a more detailed thinking-through of the first book. Often times I’ll come up with an idea, and decide it belongs more in future books. Once that first book is roughed out, that’s when I’ll go back and start writing: “Once upon a time-“
This is the point where I let the story take me wherever it wants to go. More often than not at this point I’ll travel far away from my original notes, but that’s okay. It means I’ve thought of something better. But I always know where I will eventually be headed, so I never get that far afield. So far this has worked pretty well. I haven’t hit any of those deadly brick walls."
Find out more from D.J. about SYLO by watching his author video!
More about Sylo:
The ultimate action-fueled end-of-the-world conspiracy trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale
THEY CAME FROM THE SKY...
parachuting out of military helicopters to invade Tucker Pierce’s idyllic hometown on Pemberwick Island, Maine.
They call themselves SYLO and they are a secret branch of the U.S. Navy. SYLO’s commander, Captain Granger, informs Pemberwick residents that the island has been hit by a lethal virus and must be quarantined. Now Pemberwick is cut off from the outside world.
Tucker believes there’s more to SYLO’s story. He was on the sidelines when the high school running back dropped dead with no warning. He saw the bizarre midnight explosion over the ocean, and the mysterious singing aircraft that travel like shadows through the night sky. He tasted the Ruby—and experienced the powers it gave him—for himself.
What all this means, SYLO isn’t saying. Only Tucker holds the clues that can solve this deadly mystery.
LOOK TO THE SKY...
because Pemberwick is only the first stop."For the next stop on the SYLO blog tour, visit Long and Short Reviews on Friday!
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