After considering the points that George RR Martin made in the article previously mentioned, I will be making a point of writing the chapters when the motivation hits. In trying to keep the writing chronological, I forgot I had done non-sequential chapters (Book 1 Chapter 4 Scene 1, Book 2 Chapter 1 Scene 1) already! What is more embarrassing is that I wrote of the two scenes in a previous blog. Naughty!
The basis for Chapter 4 Scene 1 has been written, which involved the introduction of another character. The pacing of important character introductions will (hopefully) not be overwhelming, as Chapter 1 involved two main characters and five supporting characters. I think it should be fine, as in the last book I finished reading (‘The Final Empire’ by Brandon Sanderson), one scene revealed 4-5 main characters in one fell swoop. Each character then had one-on-one time with the main character, which helped their development, alongside the scenes with the team ringleader.
The character introduced in Chapter 4 gets more dedicated time in the second quarter of Book 1 (Chapters 6-10) , but I needed to find a way to reveal a prominent aspect of his character. I happened upon a show called ‘Ancient Megastructures’, with the episode about a citadel in a real-world country inspiring one of my story world’s countries. There was one particularly awesome part, focusing on an architectural aspect I knew of, but not its name. With the aspect’s name, I placed it into Wikipedia. The article noted this particular aspect appeared almost concurrently… in two countries within my story world’s inspirations!
And with that, I finally have the piece of information I needed. He will recognise something by another name, which will lead to the revelation that will be his first major character development. His next major character development will be a prominent aspect in Book 2, and will strongly link him to two other main characters =)