Good day all! Firstly I wish to apologize for my absence yesterday. My data ran out due to multiple failed attempts at downloading novel planning software.
Yes. The pantser has gone plotty. More on that later.
Anyway... I want to apologize for the fact this and any other posts until I can buy data will be in this pale grey. My Blackberry seems most unwilling to specify text color.
Finally, but first on my mind is a thank you to Nancy for my newest reward. It really made me feel special.
Right. Admin's done. Let's get back to the post.
So why have I been trying to download a story planner? It's kind of a good news bad news sort of thing.
I've been struggling for days, wondering why it felt like I was starting with a new book instead of finishing Doorways. This has been bothering me for days until I lost patience with myself and sat down with the thought the entire day.
Nothing leapt out at me, except for a well worn notebook. This was the notebook I used to write random scenes that I had edited out of the second version of the story.
I'd completely forgotten about it, so imagine my surprised I was when it struck me that these scenes fit into the version I'm busy with.
But I still needed to figure out where they were supposed to go. So I started looking at the bigger picture. There I saw two things. One, I more or less know where books 3 and 4 are going, but that book 2 has nowhere to go except to book 3. Everyone I know hates a filler, so the thought of me writing one is far from appealing.
Two, if I looked at the book schematically, I should have noticed a huge problem. I'd been writing the book toward two climaxes- both of which are equally huge. This can be good, but not if there's an equivalent to a book in between. This scenario reminds me of the new version of the movie Casino Royale. Good, but lost quality because of that entire part in Venice. To my mind, the climax had already taken place, but I was forced to sit through a long bit of waffle until the story reached the "real" climax. Arguably the sequal was better off because of it.
And that, I realized, was where the similarity ended. See I had this awesome character who was going to die...
I won't say anything more, except to say that that character alive will make book 2 awesome.
All this made me realize that anything after climax one has to be moved either to earlier in the book or to the sequal...
The good news? Guess up to where I have written.
The bad? The fact that I've finished my first rough draft hit so fast that I don't feel like celebrating. I really wished I thought of this before.
The ugly? Imagine a puzzle of thousands of words and images that I have to whip into shape.
What about you? Ever get broadsided by the knowledge that your story was finished? How is your writerly life going?