TSC Production Journal #1: Origins & Early Ideas

Hey, Worldhoppers!

Last week we announced The Seventh Cadence by Jim Wilbourne and we can’t wait to share that story with you. That’s coming on Oct. 8th, 2021. That’s a long way off, so until then, we’d like to share some behind-the-scenes content for the story, starting with what Jim had to say about the novel and the series’s origin.

Jim on the Origins & Early Ideas for The Seventh Cadence

The Seventh Cadence began as an untitled novel I started in high school. I loved to write stories and had written several of them. A few years before, I’d dived head-first into epic fantasy, and I just knew I had to write a book like that.

I only got two chapters in before I bailed.

I’d show you those chapters, but I’ve recently looked at them and they’re awful, just horrendous. It’s buried at the bottom of my abandoned projects trunk, and I don’t plan on letting anyone see it.

Really, there are only a few small elements that carried over from that original opening sequence: a few of the character names and the tone. Otherwise, it’s a completely different beginning to what would have become a much worse story.

King Jeremiah and Prince Gabriel were both named in this original, incomplete draft. Navid existed, but he went by Nathan and had a completely different personality. Captain Alden was also in the story. Alden wasn’t very fleshed out in this draft, and his role in the story was completely different. Prophet Tristan was also named, but, again, very little detail was given on him and his role in the story’s world.

If I’d done any proper worldbuilding for this story, I don’t have a record of it, so very few of my original ideas actually followed me into what I’d consider the real first draft of the novel.