The History of The Mysterious Evil One

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

This is a behind the scenes story of the author of The Mysterious Evil One series and all that he went through while creating such an amazing and original master piece.

The Mysterious Evil One

 

In 2004 (grade 5), the idea began from just playing with LEGO with my brother and wondering how to expand on that imagination. I began writing the first novel in just a regular school book, loosely basing it off my life back then. It was a much shorter version to the final product but decent enough for my liking. That was all I cared about, that it was good enough for me. I did it for me alone. I just made it up as I went along, with only a vision of how the first book was going to end. I lost that copy after finishing it and had no intention of starting again straight away.

 

In 2007 (year 8), I gained the motivation to start it again, this time typing it up and having it on a flash drive. I cannot remember how far I got through it but unfortunately I lost the flash drive and once again did not start over again straight away.

 

In 2009 (year 10) I began again, remembering the plot I already had established and loosely based it off my life at that point in time (hence why it begins in 2009). This time I had made sure not to lose the copies I had and finally finished it. While I was writing it though, my friends and a lot of other people found out about it. They were quite interested and some even requested to be put in it. I was surprised, but happy to fulfil their wishes. I was also met with constructive criticism from even my closest friends some who said that I could not base it on myself (spoiler alert) or even just make up a story without creating a clear structure and plotting out every step of it. That was not my intention. I only went with what I wanted out of it and kept to that mind set, ignoring them. Truly, if no one found out about my novels while I was writing them, I never would have shared them with anyone at all and just kept it to myself. The only thing people said that began to bother me was, “Are you going to publish it?” making it seem like the only reason why people write is publish it and make money off of it. I never wanted that which is why I came to hate the people who encouraged me to try and do so. One of the funniest and amazing points was when I had released the first book on the site Fictionpress (as one of my friends suggested to), and one review I received was from a comment stating how great my character development was in my novel. All I could think was “I did not consider any of that. I literally just wrote it and thought how the characters would act in those situations” as I would through the second and third book too.

 

Traitorous Wars

 

During 2010, once The Mysterious Evil One was to my liking, I began with the sequel; Traitorous Wars. Keeping to the fact of it just being for me, I could make the story head in whatever direction I desired. You probably noticed, it is strange for a story to veer way from the main character’s story for SEVENTEEN WHOLE CHAPTERS, but to me, that is what makes it unique. While there is one story you are focusing on, the world beyond is bigger than you once thought and there is more going on behind the scenes. To another of my surprises, one of my friends actually requested for his character to be decapitated, being the reason why he is killed off at the beginning of the novel. The closer I got to the end of Traitorous Wars, the harder I found it to actually find a way to end it and connect it the finale. Eventually I succeeded in doing so and created another cliff hanger that led to the third part.

Shadow of a Doubt

 

2011 through to 2012 began a very tiring, arduous task. Everything had gone very well by this point and I still had a lot of loose ends to tie up. I was aware that there was still a ways to go, having created the world of Firaciend and all its locations, knowing that Michael and his friends had to still travel from one side of the planet, basically all the way to the other. All I had by the beginning of writing the third novel was a clear idea of what was going to happen in the showdown at the end. All I had to figure out was how I was going to get to that point. There were a few times while writing it that I created connections to the previous books without even meaning to; whether it was just from giving a character a reason for their motivation or just having created a cool, mysterious name and unintentionally explained the reason for that name. I struggled some days to even complete a single chapter, but I was relieved that I had never wanted to or was even close to giving up. I knew I had come too far and had to finish what I had started. Before I knew it, I was nearing the end and when that final chapter and final sentence were written, I so happy with what I had created.

 

Over the following years I have reread and re-edited all three novels until they became the perfection they are today. In that time I have had highs and lows; from almost getting rid of all of my novels just because of a review of Traitorous Wars said how bad it is, finding out how someone had stolen a older version of The Mysterious Evil One when it was on fictionpress; having published it on Amazon, giving in to peer pressure and trying to publish it without success and almost giving up on it altogether because of it, to absolutely loving my novels because it is me, my imagination, my history and never letting go of this amazing series that I have been able to share with all of you.

 

Anyone who reads this now has more of an understanding about The Mysterious Evil One series’ author Scott Elliott (THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR) and I personally am honoured to have gained the courage to share my life with all of you.


Submitted: October 30, 2021

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