Thursday, March 12, 2009

Done that now

Huzzah, I finally finished the awkward chapter!
It has take me a while, not being able to sleep and getting completely floored by my CFS mentally these past weeks hasn't helped, but it is at last done.
I don't know that I'm completely happy with how it has turned out, but I'm not going back to check until I do the next draft.
Could I work out how to end this chapter? Not really, I think it's now the longest one in the book so far, but I did it by letting the characters have a moment of full release from the tension with a giggling bout. It fits, it suits, I hope it works.

Now though, I can get onto the finale. Got the first big set piece coming up, which isn't action, but if I describe it properly, will still be a very cool moment for the reader to picture in their minds.

As for the project that is to follow, well, I'm putting the details in place. It's going to be a science fiction story, for adults, not the audience of this book. I may write up a couple of the short stories I have floating around in my head to get me back into that style of writing first.

All in all, progress is being made.

Words today: 469
Total Words: 34982

Monday, March 02, 2009

Councils of War!

I seem to have manouvered myself into a part which I had tremendous trouble writing in my last novel. Namely, the council of war sequence. Where all is explained.
OK, so last time was a much more free flowing affair, coming about halfway through the book and changing the course of what the reader was expecting up until then. This one is an actual council of war, planning for the battle that will take place in the next few chapters.
However, the last one took me something like 6 years to finish, so I'm not looking forward to it. This is what coes of going "Wouldn't it be cool if M could do this and this and this." Yes it would, right, how do I weave this cool stuff into the narrative? Et Voila! Council of War scene!

At least this one is not a chapter in and of itself, it's the tag end of a chapter that sets up most of the main characters viewpoints and emotional states prior to the last punch up.

So what did I do? I introduced a new character, right in the middle of the situation, where noe was planned, now I have to do something with him. OK, so he was slightly set up before, but I could have excised him from the story without a problem, now he's solved a major emotional obstacle and is going to have to stay.
I have no idea how to use the bugger in the rest of the story though. I'm not seeing this end well for him.

Words Today: 1086
Total Words: 33510