My Darlings Most Patient and Understanding,
I awoke one morning last week with a solution to the writing logjam I’ve been hammering at for a couple, three weeks now. So I spent some hours playing with it–sketching dialog (that’s always my Step One), writing bridges, checking timelines–and determined that, yes indeed, it would work.
And there was much rejoicing throughout the land! Well, my home, at least. It included nachos and bacon.
This solution includes five new chapters, and I’m excited to write each one. After fleshing out the notes well enough that I can call future work on them “revisions” rather than “writing from outline,” I printed out the whole thing.
I don’t print unless and until I’m ready to call what I’m printing an actual draft.
So. Official first draft achieved, clocking in at 117K. We’ll see what it is once all the changes and additions are made.
There’s a wee bit of additional good news as well. Book Three is almost 50% written already. There will not not not not again be so many months between novels.
And… I have no title for Book Three (and Four, which is all planned out, too). I need titles. I cannot come up with anything that rhymes with bone and stone without hitting my giggle-factors. (Silence of Cone! Twilight of Phone! Tone and Moan!) And for consistency’s sake, I’d like the second pair to have the same rhythm as the first pair. More on that when I have ideas for bouncing.
I’m working on the fight analysis piece for Patreon, too. It’ll be from Myke Cole’s Gemini Cell, a novel I recently read and love-love-loved for so many reasons. Rather than talk about what does and doesn’t work — that depends too much of genre, subgenre, and targeted audience — it will instead focus on pacing, word choice, pov submersion, and so forth.
Though the fight scene articles will be Patreon-only, I’ll be posting the first one here as well so folks know what I mean when I refer to them. (By the by, I will never use a fight scene I think fails. While it can be instructive, I’d rather remain positive.)
So there we go! Even with the holidays approached, I’ve managed to work through about a fourth of the revisions in the last week. I’m growing happier and happier with the process and the outcome. And truly, I’m thrilled that the solution to my banging-head-against-wall problem results in, essentially, an additional book.