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.