In 2005, I started outlining what would potentially be my first novel, called OBrien. OBrien was complex and heavily clichéd and never was written. One part of the story had the main character (not named OBrien) have a flashback to a different time and that was the first iteration of what has become Woodward.
The cabin, the giant black tree and Roanoke were always going to play a big part in the story. Virginia was the latest character introduced and ironically became the protagonist. David was originally going to be the main character, but because of story direction changes, he became more of a device. Further was always going to be this strange person whos a mixture of free spirit, but also has some strange tendencies. Woodward is a character in the story and is revealed in part 3.
Once the decision was made to make the story its own entity, it started off as being this comedic modern folk tale. Because of certain imagery and the narration style I was using, it didnt seem to mix and that idea was thrown away. Then I started reading Joe Hills Locke & Key and that gave me the idea to change the style to a more gothic-horror light and through someones eyes.
This, sadly, is the first story Ive been this excited to finish in years. While I have a game plan for the ending, mostly Ill be figuring things out as yall do. Also, there will be going back and tweaking of previous parts once more gets written. I dont plan on doing a lot of parts, but I believe that as the story evolves, it should do so as a whole. This is all an experiment for me and I hope youll enjoy the journey as much as I do writing it.