A Tetris kind of day

I started out with good intentions of writing a bunch more words, but it didn’t work out that way.

Today was a day to spend with Lorelei the Muse. Here’s why.

A novel needs characters, a plot, setting, but it needs something else too. All those bits and pieces have to form a cohesive whole when you’re finished. It kind of reminds me of swishing all those blocks around to build the wall in Tetris.

I have characters, setting, and plot, it’s that other part that has me stymied today. Nobody wants to read a story where problems don’t have to be faced and eventually overcome. Deciding to pull the sword from the stone, then doing it makes for a pretty unsatisfying tale.

There is a plot sized problem, but I’m dealing with a section sized problem here.

My pirates are in the process of pulling off a big con game. I’ve spent some quality time fleshing out characters and setting, but they need some kind of larger adversity in this part. There is a lot of personal adversity, but the bigger part isn’t on the page.

I wound up with some ideas, and made steps in that direction. There has been a shadowy threat in this story all along, so why not use that again. It also gives me a chance to face a collection of the shadowy guys in the big ending of the story.

There are more things to accomplish in this part of the world, but I have plenty of time to weave some of this together… if I start now.

To that end, I put down about 1500 words. This really helps, because it makes a commitment I can build off of.

The good news is, I have a two day work week ahead of me. We took vacation time with the idea of going camping. We failed to make a reservation, and over the fourth, there isn’t likely to be even a bushwhacker’s site available. We may be staying home for a few days.

This gives me four long commutes with the Muse, and I can figure out a way to weave all the pieces together before sailing away to the next section.

It was a good writing weekend, and I have thousands of new words on the page. I have a vague idea of the section sized problem, and am looking forward to some vacation time to put it all together.

Hope all of you had a great weekend too.

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28 responses to “A Tetris kind of day

  1. Congrats on the progress. Not really sure what the problem you’re talking about is. Are you talking about a physical villain?

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  2. Sorry about the camping trip not ending up happening. Still, as you said, it gives you time to work on the plot issue, so it’s not entirely a bad thing.

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  3. Intriguing post, Craig, and definitely food for thought…

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  4. Glad you and Lorelei had a good visit.

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  5. harmonykent

    1500 words is a great start, and as you say, is a good base from which to build. And it sounds like you’ve given this a lot of thought too, which always nurtures those seeds. I hope the camping works out, but whatever way it goes, have a good few days off. 🙂

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  6. I spent most of my weekend in the pool. We finally go the heat wave the rest of the country has been experiencing and had heat indexes over 100. Like you, I have a two day work week this week and hope to make progress on writing.

    You’re really putting a lot of thought into the pirate story. Lorelei is treating you well.

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    • I never expected this section to be tough. It’s for character building, world expansion, etc. However, the main mission can’t be too easy on them either. Hope we both make progress once we get away from work.

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  7. Gwen Plano

    Wow, 1500 words is great progress. It seems it was meant to be that you stay home. 🙂

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    • I swear the previous two days tally over 20K words. Still hard for me to look at 1500 as a let down. They amounted to a few commitments that will help me focus on what is needed here.

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  8. You sound super productive, Craig.

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  9. Ah, The Mister also has a two day workweek. It was SO hard to leave the house this morning, and stupid Tuesday isn’t going to be any easier! Enjoy!

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  10. I laughed when I read this, Craig. Only writers could get so excited about their story that they are glad they are staying home instead of going camping so they can keep writing.

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