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Switching to a New Main Character
The Cassa series follows Byron from hot-shot gifted pilot to retired war hero to commander of a base. He’s a character who has been with me since I was a young teen. So why would I switch from Byron to his son Bassan for the fourth book?
Each book has jumped ahead many years. By the time the third one begins, Byron is approximately sixty-two. While Cassans live to a hundred and twenty, Byron is at this point middle-aged. Another jump forward would’ve put him near senior citizen. I didn’t want to write Cassa: The Geriatric Years.
Enter Byron’s son, Bassan. He’s introduced in CassaStorm and the ten year-old rather stole the show. Jumping ahead a few years with Bassan made more sense. He’s a grown young man still finding his way in the world, which provided the perfect scenario for an interesting story line.
Bryon is still present, but he now takes a back seat as CassaDark follows Bassan across the galaxy. Normally I tell a tale through two points of view (and for CassaStorm, three) but this time I revealed everything through Bassan’s eyes only. That created a new challenge, but it also kept it simple in terms of voice and staying in character.
Will readers embrace this switch? I hope that those who grew attached with Bassan in the third book will continue to follow him into the fourth one. And for those picking up CassaDark on its own (since it follows a new character, it stands on its own better than any of the others) they will never know the difference!
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By Alex J. Cavanaugh
Welp, it's January 2022 already!
Happy New Year!
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This month's optional question is: What's the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?
Answer? I wish I had started writing sooner. I'd wanted to write for years, but circumstances were never right (according to the negative mind chatter that also said I couldn't do it, so why bother). And I wish that I hadn't let my fears keep me from actively writing once I did decide to start (you know, that negative mind chatter thing again that stopped me from putting words on paper because they weren't good enough).
I've come to the conclusion that fear is the root of all evil. How many times have I let it get in the way? How many times have I given negativity too much space in my head? Too many to count on both counts.
Now I write because I can't not do it. Right or Wrong, Good or Bad, I just do it, which is what I should have done all along.
Why does it take so long to learn a valuable lesson?
Do you let fear or negativity get in your way?
What do you regret the most about your writing career,
and have you overcome it?