Note: I’m talking about my non-Winx story formerly called “The Thread” (more on that in a moment).
My story will span about three years. I don’t wanna cram them into one “book”, so I’ve decided to write a three-part series. Aisha and Nex’s relationship will develop gradually throughout it.
This will give me a chance to:
Flesh out Aisha and Nex: For the most part, they’ll have the same personalities and backstories they have in Winx Club, but more complex. (Nex will actually have a backstory.) But their character arcs will be different, and I’ll explore some implications and plot possibilities Rainbow ignored.
Develop the couple’s relationship better: Two problems with the Winx Club couples are 1) they’re too basic, and 2) most of their relationships move too quickly. Rainbow doesn’t let the partners get to know each other before they fall in love. Instead, they rush to the good stuff — the romance — and use clichés and coincidences to substitute the partners growing attached to each other. I want Aisha and Nex to actually build their relationship, not just have one right away without much effort.
Develop the story better: The Inktober drabbles have been an interesting challenge. But with more time and more words allowed, I know I can do better.
Cutting “The Thread”
Yep, I’m ditching that name now. Sorry if you guys liked it, but I came up with something better.
“Book” #1, which will focus mainly on Aisha, will be called The River and the Sea. That name comes from the poem “On Death” by Khalil Gibran:
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
I haven’t named the second “book” yet, but it’ll focus mainly on Nex. As for the third “book”, you’ll find out the name later. ? But obviously, the story will be about the couple together, and the overall plot will be resolved.
I’m excited about this! Right now, I’m waist-deep in worldbuilding, plotting, and character development. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun.
Aisha and Nex inspire me more than any characters have, and I hope I can tell the kind of story they deserve.