Writing away

I’m up to 6900 words now. Might get a little more time tomorrow. I’m still getting used to these characters and trying to find a balance in the early going.

Basically, Jenny is a TV news woman who does local interest stories. She’s aging and her station wants to diversify and get younger at the same time. They promoted her to Assignments Editor, which is off-camera. Also makes room for a targeted replacement.

She would like to do hard news, but the deck is stacked against her. I know where this is all going, but am trying to find a balance. She’s a single mother of a college student who is also a major character. There are the workplace struggles. Plus a plot I want to get into.

I want the plot to unfold slowly, but am afraid if I don’t call it out in the first two pages I might bore some people. I want to challenge myself with a mystery-box style, but it’s obvious to me there’s going to be a learning curve. I’m trying to use some subtle imagery to call things out, but I don’t think it’s working too well. Things like an image on a kombucha bottle, a restaurant sign, and a few others.

I’m using a lot of workplace tension to try to keep the interest up. Jenny is trying to get her former cameraman used to her replacement. Struggling to find a schedule that keeps all the reporters busy, that kind of thing. She’s also haunting the basement to look through old files from various newspapers her conglomerate absorbed over the years. Maybe one of those will bring the kind of news she wants to dive into.

Finally, I sent Jenny on a day trip with her son. He’s failing Geology and has the opportunity to do some extra credit with a scintillator. This is basically radioactive prospecting. Her news research is starting to come together with his research paper.

I really should start my other story, but I’m dwelling on this for a while. It would probably help to get two going so I can bounce back and forth.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring. Might return to outer space with Percy the Space Chimp. Might stay where I am for a few more chapters.

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26 responses to “Writing away

  1. You’re getting it done, Craig.

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  2. I love mysteries! In cozies, my readers like to settle into the characters BEFORE the mystery starts. In thrillers, you dive right in. If we know Jenny’s looking for something meaty and going through old files, we sort of guess she’s going to find something big. This sounds like it’s going to be fun!

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  3. Interesting story idea. So, it’s a non-supernatural mystery?

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  4. You’re making great progress, Craig. Congratulations! Your unfolding story intrigues me.

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  5. Sounds like you have a good beginning.

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  6. D.L. Finn, Author

    Very productive, Craig!

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  7. Glad to hear your writing is going well, Craig. Enjoy the productive energy. 🙂

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  8. 6900 words sounds like 3 chapters+. I subscribe to the pulp (and Christie) philosophy if something to do with why we’re here ain’t happening by page 10 it’s character study. You nail it in the first couple of hats but this sounds like PD James territory. Three pages of the kitchen (or basement) is two too many.🤣 Good luck!

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  9. Congratulations on the fantastic word count, Craig! This story sounds like a departure for you. Is it going to be a straight-out mystery? I am liking the sound of it!

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  10. I’m always envious of your word counts!

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  11. I’m really enjoying this series! The writing is smooth and the plot is interesting, keep going

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  12. HI Craig, hats off to you with this great progress.

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