On Writing Gray Heart Blog Post #2: How Gray Heart was the Easiest Book to Write in the Trilogy

Hello Dear Reader!

I just wanted to start this off by saying I hope you all are happy, healthy, especially healthy, and safe. There has been a lot going on because of the virus. All of my classes are going to start being given via online lectures, my upcoming exams are going to be given online as well, and I basically have no reason to go to campus because rehearsals for the a cappella group I’m in have been cancelled.

Long story short, I’m very sad.

I also want to say that because of upcoming exams and other events, I might not have time to write more posts for this blog series. Even though that may happen, I will be posting something special for you on Saint Patrick’s Day, so keep an eye out for that.

Now on to the subject of this post!

You may think Gray Heart was the hardest book to write because it’s the last book of the trilogy. I had so many things to reveal while writing it, a lot of loose ends to tie up, write a satisfying ending, and so on and so forth, but that was not the case for me. I know this because of this one thing I do when writing a book.

Whenever I get super stuck at a particular scene while writing my first draft, I copy everything up until that scene, paste it in another Word document, and call that document a try. After I did that, I would then attempt to rewrite the troublesome scene in a different way. For example, when I did this for the first time while writing Dark Irregular, that second word document was called Dark Irregular Try 2.

Dark Irregular had at least five tries.

White Blossom had three.

Gray Heart only had one.

It only took one try, one Word document, to write Gray Heart. I never ran into any super troublesome or awkward spots, and the story came out really well. I didn’t have to think too much about where I was going at all. Why?

I finally knew what I wanted.

I truly knew where I wanted my story to go, what would happen, and when certain events would take place. I knew what loose ends I wanted to tie up, I knew what I wanted to reveal and how, and most importantly, I knew how I wanted the story to end before I even started to write it. It didn’t matter what medium I used to write. Pen and paper or keyboard, Gray Heart flowed from my mind and through my fingers with ease. There was so little resistance while writing this story, I felt free.

Also, there were two previous books to use as references while I was writing the third one. Anything I wanted to address again, I had Dark Irregular and White Blossom to look back to so I could stay consistent in Gray Heart. Any evidence I had for anything I revealed in the third book, I referenced from the first two. Every time I looked to the first two books for consistency, it was like walking down memory lane. Each time I scrolled through their pages, I remembered what it was like writing them, and it made me realize just how close I was to finishing Kanna’s story. I was super excited to finish the trilogy, and I think it was that excitement that also made Gray Heart easier for me to write.

I was excited to give Kanna the ending I wanted her to have.

That is all for this blog post! I hope you enjoyed learning about why Gray Heart was the easiest book in the trilogy for me to write. If you have any comments or questions about this blog post or just anything about the trilogy, comment down below or message on Instagram or Facebook @kaitlyn_b_legaspi or @kaitlynblegaspi. Also, if you enjoyed this post, subscribe to get notifications every week! If you do, you’ll get a shareable link to the sneak-peek of Gray Heart, which is only available up until May 1st!

Thanks for reading!

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