Apologies for the slight delay in this blog, there have been a number of developments in the whole process. Firstly I have finally left gainful employment and now am an official burden on society. This amongst other things means I have had more time to focus on the book with the result that I am now up to 28K words and have achieved a no of key goals.
- All the major characters bar one have been introduced.
- The first two story arcs have been established
- A number of sub-plots that may or may not be important have been initiated.
- There are a few unanswered questions and issues in the narrative – this is deliberate.
- I have had more feedback.
- It’s getting more complicated.
That last one is really the key issue. Previous posts have alluded to a an emergent writing and plot style. This was the naivety of youth. Ahhh, when I look back on those carefree days of a few weeks ago when I only had a few characters and one plot line to establish my view on how I was going to write the rest of the book seems woefully optimistic. Not anymore. I have multiple plots to move. Multiple characters demanding attention and screen time. There is some world building and laying the path for issues that will appear in subsequent parts of the book as well as other books. There is more going back over previous stuff as new plot elements emerge that require a judicial amount of re-writing to make the ever more numerous ideas work and that the tone and plot are consistent. There is also the constant nagging doubt of can I sustain this present tense style from one characters point of view as other bits of the story ideally do not require his presence.
As a result of all of this I have started to do more planning, put more staging posts in the plot and flesh out the story by writing chapter summaries which have the added benefit of making me review the overall plot arcs and whether or not they make sense or are strong enough. There is also more research on people and places as well as historical events that could be involved. The feedback has also been positive and helped encourage me that I am still on the write track
“Thoroughly enjoying the novel and I admire your hold on the present tense and the manner in which you maintain the personalities or your characters thus far. It is always pleasing for the reader to be lead through the streets of the place in which a narrative is set. So we feel like we are following Perrin and Salt in the latter part of the pages you have given me. Helps us enter into the period too of course. Dialogue feels just right.
It is of course a good thing to follow a sustained period of ‘talk’ with segment of action. You keep it very pacey on the way to the brothel..and are they indeed being followed? The brothel segment is funny.. I do like Madam Creasy…Mercy, she’s an intriguing one for sure…”
“So far you are showing an impressive control of the unfolding of the plot. And the present tense…”
So not sure how the next week or so is going to go. The story is now demanding a better and more thorough approach. Let’s hope I am up to it.