15
May

Oh, dear, I may be too fat

   Posted by: amrath    in Current Projects

Well, I have decided to indeed add in a chapter to bridge the gap between the old story lines and the new. I have roughed out the remainder, and am changing my plan for the week. I’ll finish chapter 6, and then next week rework the old versions of chapter 7 and 8.

The current outline is about thirty pages long, and I have something like 42 chapters specced out, about twenty of which are written. I would say that there are five key momentous events, and three of these are already written. In addition, save for some few remaining details, the remaining chapters, while unwritten, are scripted out. All in all, I am much more than halfway done. I am more like 2/3’sof the way there.

My biggest concern at this point is that this thing is huge, something like 250k words. This is very likely to make the novel difficult to sell as an unknown. I’m not sure if I can do much about the size, though. I don’t put in much frivolous stuff. Still, it may be that I am going to have to cut a lot of stuff to get this down to size. It’s something I need to think about as I take my final pass at reweaving the new plot lines into the old ending.

14
May

Chapter 6 Progress

   Posted by: amrath    in Current Projects

Got about 7 pages done last night. It took some time, but turned out to be very decent. I have about 10 more to go to connect up with what I have already written, assuming I don’t decide to add an extra chapter here. I am currently debating whether or not I want to do that, but right now, I am leaning toward it. It will allow me to deepen some characters and sharpen some points of conflict between others. I am well on schedule, even losing Monday night due to being sick.

Tonight, I think I will only write for a bit. I didn’t quite finish the scene last night, so there are 3 or four more pages left. Then I think I’ll play some WoW and whack some fools. But first, the writing….

12
May

The Situation Thus Far….

   Posted by: amrath    in Current Projects

Ive just been picking at Scion for quite some time, dragging my feet resolving a lot of difficulties created by the new plot lines. That being said, I still have half a novel or more written, and am approaching a fairly coherent first ten chapters. After that, things are shaky. Chapters need to be reworked to account for new characterizations and events, foreshadowing needs to be altered, etc, and then a lot of chapters aren’t even begun. There is still a lot of work to do, but it’s certainly a manageable task. I just need to stay motivated.

So, rough plan for this week: I will finish adding in new material to chapter 6, and I will rework both chapter 6 and 7 with the new plot lines. This is a fair amount of work, but it’s doable if I spend an hour or two in the evenings every day. Once I finish these, I will essentially have a coherent “Act I” in place. It’s a good stopping point, and I think I will make these available to some folks to read for critiques.

I am still uncertain how I plan to do this, but I think I will end up putting them on the site with some kind of password. It’s not a security thing. Hell, I have no problem if the whole world reads my stuff. In fact, I’d prefer it. All artists are, to some degree, exhibitionists. No, it’s that the publishing industry still hasn’t sorted out what ‘published’ means, so I run the risk of getting my work into the ‘previously published’ category if I make it freely available to anyone.

When I am ruler of the world, we’ll sort that out. In the meantime, we must find ways to circumvent small minded fools and their foolish technicalities. We are, after all, smarter than them, right?

If you are interested in getting involved, by all means, let me know. I could really use a lot of different eyes on this stuff.

As has been pointed out to me both by others and by life itself, It is time to do less contemplation, and more work. This is part of that. Once, I used a journal to keep myself honest about weight loss. I think I shall do the same with writing.

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