Daddy Broke the World
I am well under way with book 3, tentatively titled Daddy Broke the World. If you've read Friendship Games, then you'll know where the working title comes from. I am okay with sharing the working title because it will more than likely change, and probably more than once. It already has.
When I say that book 3 is "well under way," I mean with the outline. It is getting longer. I have an opening few paragraphs that I am pretty happy with and that kicks things off, but I can't really move on yet. The story is still developing.
The trouble is that the story is developing at a global scale. Country A invading Country B; troubles in Countries C, D, & E. Twenty-First Century empires emerging, and America at a crossroads both globally and nationally (more like continentally). A new world order replacing the old.
It is all fallout from Friendship Games. But you can't really tell a story with a God's eye narrative. The story must be told through characters on the ground. You learn as you write, and I had learned that basic rule of writing as I worked through Alter Road.
The challenge now is to bring the global scale down to the local through characters on the ground - with action and dialog - and not a hundred of them scattered around the world.
This is a challenging stage of writing. It is full of thinking through situational rabbit holes - and self-doubts - until something starts to vaguely take shape. And when it does, that's when you close yourself off from the world as best as you can and get to work.