I’ve spent most of January working on my social media accounts, finishing up my website, and entering a couple of short story competitions. Now that all of that is done, the way is cleared until April for finishing up the first draft of The Lost Daughter.

I realized a few weeks ago that part of the problem I was having with the pacing of my book was that I had yet to get my two main characters — Hades and Persephone (or rather, their counterparts) — into the same scene with each other. I had all this great driving backstory and plot going on and my Underworld lovers had yet to lay eyes on each other.

Sometimes the obvious is not so obvious, eh?

I went back and reworked my plot structure and figured out how to fix the oversight, which gave me a wonderful opportunity to introduce how Hades’ mind works, why he and Hekate are just not going to agree on a few things, and to introduce that first moment of eye contact that says I remember you. I logged just over 1500 words tonight — that’s good for someone who is a painstaking, word-agonizing-over writer as I tend to be.

Hello, Underworld — how I’ve missed you.

Melody Wingfield

Author | Voice Artist | Witch Queen - Melody Wingfield is the creator of The WitchQueen Project podcast and an author of dark fantasy, epic mythology, horror, and erotica. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok at @witchqueenarts. Subscribe to her newsletter, The Magick Word on her website, www.witchqueenarts.com.


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