Tuesday, June 11, 2013

An Ending

My favorite part of writing is seeing a story come together. It's almost like building something with blocks. You start out with an idea, but it isn't until you actually start building your structure that you realize all of the details that you didn't have quite right, that you hadn't thought through yet.

There's something incredibly magical about taking facets of a particular story and putting them together in ways that you didn't expect to when you started out. I'm constantly amazed at the way that things will just click into place almost without any help from me. Things that I put in without really thinking about them at the time turn out to be pivotal later on it the series.

That means that my writing process is a little bit of an exercise of faith each time. I always know at least a little bit of what needs to happen in a given book, but so much of it just happens during the course of actually sitting down to write.

Usually there are two big milestones to any book. The first is when I know how I want the book to end and the second is when I know how I'm going to get from wherever I am to that ending. Once I know those two things then finishing the book is mostly just a matter of putting in the time to get all of the words down on paper.

Last night I figured out how I'm going to end Alec and Adri's story. I don't know exactly how I'm going to get there still, but I know how the series is going to end; and that's incredibly liberating.

I sat down for half an hour or so last night when the idea first came to me and sketched out the essentials; who would be involved, what new characters need to be introduced before it could happen and some key changes that will need to take place in a couple of existing characters.

It wasn't until I finished getting that all down that I realized something else.

For most of the last twenty years I've had another story rattling around in the back of my head. It's a Wheel of Time style epic fantasy set in the same world as the Guadel Chronicles, and there are some overarching themes that I always planned on working into the story there. Oddly enough, the ending of the Reflections series will have some of the very same themes, just done in a different way.

I really wish I could tell you all more, but I'd probably better just leave it right there for now. I don't think this was just coincidence though. It feels a bit like I've got a story that I'm supposed to tell, and that it's determined to make sure that it's told regardless of anything else.


  1. Hey Dean I have a question for you........ I have searched everywhere for Riven witch from your posts was said to come out on the first of July I was greatly looking forward to reading it but to could not find it the Kindle App Store or in iBooks. I would greatly appreciate it of you could inform me when they would be available on iBooks so I could read it. By the way I absolutely adore your books but even more so I am attracted to your way of writing .The way you write the books is extravagant and I absolutely adore it and admire it. I hope I can become as great of a writer as you some day. I hope you read this and have an amazing day Mr. Murray! :)
    A very anxious twelve year old named Ciara. :)

  2. Hi, Ciara.

    Riven isn't available anywhere yet for preorder. I need to settle on a blurb (I've got a couple of options but I'm not quite happy with either of them yet) and then I'll start loading it up to all of the usual places.

    I think it may show up as available for pre-order at that point in iBooks, but probably not anywhere else. I'll make sure I get it uploaded in plenty of time though for it to be there on the 1st of July.

    Thank you for your kind words regarding my books and writing. I still have a long ways to go before I'll be as good as a writer as I'd ultimately like to be, but I do feel like I get a little better with each new book.

    I think one of the things that helped me the most was reading so much when I was younger. I used to go through a new book every 2-3 days.

    Beyond that it's a lot of practice, so keep at it :)


    1. Thank you so much for replying so quickly! I can't wait for your book to be up for pre-order! I tend to go threw about two 200 page novels a day during the summer and one during school months. I will defiantly keep at it. Thank you for writing these novels! They are a big part of my inspiration to be a writer! Thanks Dean! -Ciara

  3. Hi, Ciara.

    You're most welcome. It sounds like you have a real love of reading, which I think is a big asset.

    I wish you the best of luck, there's never been a better time to be a writer than right now!