I have decided while working on my second draft to add the deleted character Zios back into my work in progress novel DURING THE BLUE HOUR . But only as a Cameo in one scene. “Literary cameos” usually involve an established character from another work who makes a brief appearance to establish a shared universe setting, to make a point.
This is how I will do it.
I will just mention him throughout the novel and then towards the end he will make his cameo.
I feel like this is the strongest and easiest way to bring his character into the work in progress because like I said in other post he was originally in the first draft but he was in too many unnecessary scenes that I had to cut for this 2nd draft to make sense .
However he is an important character who delivers important information for the story to move forward and make sense . Without him it will be unclear to the reader how the ravens claw amulet (talked about inTHE POWER OF AMULETS & CHARMS ) showed up in his daughter Nadiya’s house . The character Nadiya who is the dance instructor to Sirena and also the daughter to Zios doesn’t know anything about the raven’s claw amulet.
She mentions her father briefly in this current chapter 12 I’m working on in the 2nd draft.
Also his appearance in the work in progress novel in the first draft led to the reveal that Nadiya is in fact not a mortal but is really a caninruh who has been living in mortal society for years . But if I take him out in this 2nd draft it will be a little harder to find a reason to reveal who Nadiya is to Sirena . Because in the first draft I had set the scenes up in a domino effect in which way Sirena finds out things .
But now I realized sometimes taking that one character out effects the novel tremendously.
So I’m going to try in make it work in only one scene because he is connected to the main character in so many ways .
I’m still working on the short story IN THE HOUR OF HUMANITY . And it is still on its way and I can’t wait. The Hour of Humanity reveals how Zios started to live amongst the mortals and hopefully it will be an interesting read for everyone.
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