Three other posts were put up on February 1st, 2019, ahead of this one: Adelaide’s last chapter, the generation three ‘recap’ of sorts, and the generation three feedback, so if you haven’t checked those out, please do!
Did you know that 10 is my favorite number? I’ve been writing this story for ten months – which is amazing. Today is also a very special day because while being the 10 month anniversary of this story, it’s also the end of generation three, which has been going for seven months. Yeah – about 70% of the time I’ve been writing this story, it’s been on generation three. I think Adelaide’s generation will always hold a special place in my heart since it was when I began truly writing a plot and fleshing out characters. I had so much fun with the kids’ character development. There have been 16 chapters since Vali was born, which might not seem like too many, but almost all of them were 2000+ words so they were big chapters (and then there’s the 4000 word final chapter lol) A lot happened during this generation, and let me just say how glad I am it ended at 85; I was so annoyed that gen 2 ended at 49 chapters (just one more until 50) but 85 is pretty clean, haha. I’m really excited for generation four, it’ll be the first generation that has a storyline and plot from the beginning. I’ve gotten so much better at writing during the seven months writing generation three. 🙂 I’m so grateful for all of my readers, you guys are amazing. I never thought this story would be such a big part of my life, but here we are and I can’t see myself stopping anytime soon. It might take a whole year to finish Valentina’s generation, who knows, but I know it’s going to be really interesting and drama filled.
It’s a great time to talk about generation three now, so… I guess I’ll touch on a few things.
- I was so happy when I finally posted Chapter 3.13 because that ended the chapters that I’d written before deciding to put it all on WordPress.
- Chapter 3.21 was when I decided on the 1000 word rule, which just meant all the chapters after it would be 1000 words or more. That was really the turning point for me – when the story became much more story-like.
- And of course, I loved really working on Dani and Adelaide’s relationship. I wanted it to be more real than the previous generations where it was one date-proposal-marriage just like that. From the chapter they met to the chapter they got married was 27 chapters. In contrast, in gen one, it took 4 chapters for Nadia and Mitchell to tie the knot… and 5 chapters for Selena and Derek.
- I don’t just like putting things in the story with no explanation, which is how the RGWI came to be with seasons. (Chapter 3.37 – 3.39) I call this part of the story ‘world-building’ because it explains things about the outside world. 🙂
- Dani and Adelaide’s IVF journey happened because Adelaide needed a biological daughter, they wanted to have a child together, and Adelaide wanted to experience pregnancy. I tried to get pretty in depth to that since it is a long and complex process and same with her pregnancy. Pregnancy is very interesting to me – the creation of new life is truly a miracle. It’s a really emotional time with a lot of stuff going on. I did multiple chapters just in her pregnancy because of that; I wanted to put all of that out there since pregnancy seems to be a pretty overlooked thing in simlits. It’s usually just a means to an end to the main character being a mom/dad, but pregnancy itself isn’t often gone into much depth. Obviously, if the author wasn’t comfortable with it, that’s understandable, but it is generally not really touched much upon.
- Their whole experience being parents was really a long time coming, but I really liked writing about this stage of her life, especially because I haven’t had kids in the story since I really started focusing on the writing. Creating all the kids’ personalities (by interpreting their traits and aspirations… and taking a good chunk of creative liberty to fit it all together) was really fun and I’ve loved putting that into the story.
I’ve loved writing Adelaide’s story and talking with you guys about it, and I hope you’ll enjoy Valentina’s story just as much (if not more.) 😄 It’s really been amazing, and I can’t believe how fast the one year mark is approaching!
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Once again, thank you all for continuing to read this story and stick with me! All your comments really inspire me to keep writing, so thank you to anyone who commented throughout generation three! Here’s to 10 more months and an amazing generation four!