It’s an adjustment

These two day weekends aren’t great for my productivity. I’m still adjusting, but got approval to shift my schedule to 7:00 to 3:30. The afternoon has provided some reading time that I’m making use of.

I’m not much of an afternoon writer, so I don’t know how that will work out. I intend to give it a try anyway.

This morning I goofed off for a while, then retreated to my office/junk room. With headphones, Old What’s Her Face and the dogs can make all the noise they want.

I wasn’t committed to either project, but wound up with Mari’s story. She found what’s intended to be her last mentor, bought a pistol, and is learning to shoot.

I included a lot of techniques I’ve known about all my life. Even mentioned the 21 foot gun fighting studies the FBI conducted decades ago. Right now, I’m torn between how much would be interesting to readers, and how much they would like Mari to absorb without explanation so I can get back to the action.

I don’t think there’s a right answer here. Some folks would enjoy everything I included and more. Other’s just want to get on with the big finale.

I’ll try to find a sweet spot that can satisfy as many as possible. For now, I’m writing it and making sure Mari doesn’t do unrealistic things as the tale unfurls.

I never liked it when someone is an instant expert at something, and expect some practice and training prior to perfection.

The big trick here is to keep it interesting as Mari goes through her character arc. This is a revenge tale at its core. I can’t just have the inciting incident followed by a finale. Where’s the fun in that?

I’ve stitched in a few tidbits about the world that was lost. What led us to a post apocalyptic setting. That kind of thing, and probably need a little more of that.

Delays are good for this kind of story. Injuries, economics, and others can provide that. Campsites are good places to second guess the whole thing, and question choices she’s made.

I didn’t keep track, but it wound up being about a chapter. I try to keep those to ten pages.

Right now, I need to mentally shift into some of that second guessing and delay type thinking. This makes Mari a real person for the readers. With luck, I can work on it again tomorrow.

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29 responses to “It’s an adjustment

  1. I agree, we need to let characters doubt themselves and work through it. Even if they think they’ve given up, there should be an afterward that propels them forward.

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  2. HI Craig, I am glad you are finding a workaround. I tried this too, but it doesn’t work in my field. I actually sneak more writing time in the morning than after 11am as everyone else seems to wake up around that time and run until about 6pm. Good for you!

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  3. Glad you got some writing time. Is Mari’s story your standalone book? The space story is your trilogy, isn’t it? And The Hat is your ongoing series? You’re making great headway on all of them.

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  4. Training periods are always tough. Too bad books can’t do musical training montages like movies.

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  5. D.L. Finn, Author

    Sounds productive, Craig 🙂 Hard to find that balance with information.

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  6. Gwen M. Plano

    You’re more productive than me for sure, Craig. Keep on truckin! 🌞

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  7. Sorry about the two-day weekends. Hopefully, the 7-3:30 hours will help out. It’s hard to fit it all in. I agree that characters shouldn’t be an instant expert at something. It’s not really very realistic if they are.

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  8. Headphones are a godsend, aren’t they? I crank the music on high and the world fades away. Good luck adjusting to the new schedule. Sounds ideal.

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  9. This leaves a question or two. Maybe a gun accident as she learns to shoot? You never know where it will go.

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  10. Victoria Zigler

    Sounds like a productive writing day.

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  11. It’s hard to change up a routine you’ve had for so long. You’ll find that sweet spot again, Craig.

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  12. 7-3:30 sounds pretty reasonable. Good update!

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  13. I absorbed your author discussion, Craig, with appreciation. You do a great job of demonstrating the many thoughts and decisions that come to the mind of an author. I look forward to reading the end result of your machinations and skills. Good luck, my friend, in all there is to juggle.

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