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Behind the Writing, Part V: Lord of Columbia’s Strange Relation to Comeback Kid

Two Trilogies Whose Characters Ended Up Within the Other’s Work

Something strange happened during my writing of both Lord of Columbia and Comeback Kid. If you look at my subtitle, I’m referring to the fact that several characters ended up within the other’s work, because it did happen.

 

So, without further ado, here is Lord of Columbia’s Strange Relation to Comeback Kid.

 
A breakthrough character in one work ended up in the other, and a very minor character in one ended up in the other, too.

 
Yes, I’m being vague on it as of today, but I’ll spoil it once both trilogies have been in circulation for a time, probably by next September. However, it’s fun to talk about so in Part V of my Behind the Writing Series, I’m going to touch base on this strange occurrence.

 

Lord of Columbia

In my original drafts of Comeback Kid, one character, who again, was very minor and spoke two lines in the entire two-hundred and fifty-page draft was transferred to Lord of Columbia when I needed a ‘filler character’ to fill a certain role.

 

 

When I dove deeper into Lord of Columbia’s first real draft, I wrote a scene where a breakthrough character would be needed. I did the math to see who would become this breakthrough character, and my minor filler character I’d transferred from Comeback Kid was the only one who logistically filled the role.

 

 

The scene I created was one I’d long wished to insert, as it would help support my pro-liberty message associated with Lord of Columbia, especially if one links it to the controversial topic the media always covers when it occurs. Yes, I’m remaining silent on going into detail.

 

 

I made this character the focal point, knowing it would catapult them into at the very least a high-end minor role.

 

 
A few chapters later, I drew inspiration from real life where an unfortunate incident occurs to my main cast. Once again, it fulfilled my pro-liberty message and it was yet another issue the media loves to cover and criticize.

 

 

After the incident, and again, if this doesn’t make sense, I’m being vague as vague can get, so bear with me, the former filler character fit this role, and two-thirds of the way through the book, became part of the main cast, where they remained throughout.

 
To me, it was weird and kind of exciting on how a very minor character that didn’t even appear in my original drafts made it into a work. What’s even weirder is the type of role they ended up playing.

 

 

Floating Character Who’s A Running Gag

My second instance of this occurring is intentional, and in a way, a running gag. One character appears in both trilogies. The only difference is since Comeback Kid is in the inspirational genre, this character doesn’t have supernatural ability as they do in Lord of Columbia.

 
However, they have the same name, appearance, and to an extent, the same personality. It’s a character in the minor-major role in both, but if a reader were to read both trilogies, it gives them a sense of familiarity.

 

Final Instance

So, my final instance occurred with a major character who was going to play a huge role in Lord of Columbia, but due to process of elimination, fizzled out. However, they had an identical role in Comeback Kid, further resembling a real-life individual off which they’re based, who is one of my biggest real-life inspirations.

 
Lord of Columbia’s first drafts saw this character almost as a second protagonist, but in the end, they lost the role and were much better suited for something in Comeback Kid. Almost the same role, but a slightly different personality for this character.

 
They were one of my favorite characters in Lord of Columbia, so it was tough to reinsert them in another work, as I tried tooth and nail to keep them in their original role.

 

However, it wasn’t going to work, so with that in mind, their role changed and ultimately relocated to Comeback Kid.

 

Conclusion

A lot of authors have stated it’s great to work with multiple projects while others state to stick with just one. I think it comes down to time and personal preference. If you have the time to swing it, go for it. If not, stick with one.

 
I like and need variety, so I’ve stuck with two at all times. Though Lord of Columbia garners more attention than Comeback Kid simply because it’s the more in-depth of the two trilogies, Comeback Kid is a faster read and much easier to write.

 
And though this is a weird trick, it surprisingly worked for me. Take your hand in the game and if you have a character or two you feel can serve your work better in another book or series, go for it! Don’t be afraid to try new (and sometimes strange) things.

 
Always write with your reader in mind, so even if it would satisfy you to keep characters in an original role, think outside the box. Does the idea sell to readers? If you want to get to the point to where you’re making a living at writing, publishing, and marketing books, write with the reader in mind.

 
It’s a tried and true trick that always succeeds.

 
I’d like to thank all of my readers for coming across My Freedom Flame, please come back soon.

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