This story's gone through a long painful process of writing and writing and writing. Each time I've attempted to write this story, it's changed in varying degrees. It originally started off as a single question:
- Who killed Ennis and why?
Then I started adding characters and situations that changed the question into:
- How did the death of Ennis and Caoi Gillespie cause the destruction of their hometown?
Now, about four months later, I'm in my... third or fourth "draft", though I haven't actually managed to finish the story like I wanted. I completely changed the story in some ways and kept it the same in others. I've expanded my original question into several questions:
- What happened to Hayase Mawe?
- Who killed Heind Navidson?
- Why did Caoi and Ennis Gillespie disappear?
- Who is the father of the Gillespie twins?
- How are the above questions connected?
- Who is Elia?
I think it's easier sometimes to work around building a story through these kinds of questions. I try to leave myself enough room to work more into a story, and asking myself these questions lets me focus on details as well as the big picture.
I'm starting to wrap up some of the questions, though I still need to put a few more details into them. The last question is more of a subplot that I'm hoping to connect into a larger collection of stories. I'll have to see how things work out with this thing first.