Salt Winds: improved

06/01/2014 21:22

Just wrote 10000 words in an afternoon. I was walking back from the gym, had an idea, and…boom.


I haven’t really gone into depth about how magic works in the Green Sky series. It isn’t really relevant, and to be honest, it annoys the f*** out of me when writers spend a stack of time describing things like that. It works, somehow, now get on with the story!

But I started thinking “what if…” (which is always a bad idea, or at least it is for my wordcount). What if a Mage who does a lot of sailing, and gets to know the winds…would they be able to somehow use magic in a different element to the one they are used to? If a fire mage did a lot of sailing, what would happen if they suddenly found they had some slight wind talent?

And then thought, well, one of my other characters does exactly that. She approached it from a different direction, but she does the same thing. Yay, I get to bring other characters back!

I also developed one of my other characters. I didn’t really have an image of her in my mind, but she has now turned into a slightly Tauriel-figure – quick-tempered, but with an extra dose of proud and icy, and slightly less Elf-mystery. She’s quite fun to write, but the major challenge has been cutting off any suggestions of a love story. I think writing a platonic friendship is actually harder than writing a love story!

Anyway, all this probably made no sense whatsoever to anyone, but I didn’t sleep well last night and I suspect my brain is currently paying the price. Ho hum!


Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.