To You, The Fans

It’s come to my attention that outside my replies for liking my posts, I haven’t really interacted with you, my followers and post-likers. I’m going to change that a bit. I’m going to give out one or two posts that have nothing to do about promoting, nothing to do about liking this or liking that. Just two people having an e-conversation. Thanks in advance and I’m looking forward to “talking” with you all.

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Decisions

I’ve recently come to a decision. One reason why my latest segment rewrite is so short is to lend an air of haste to the story. The mother character is focusing everything on the rescue of her child, and it should stay that way. I’m going to add a hazy dream sequence that provides more of the mother character’s background, but that’s it. Wish me luck. I’m gonna need it.

Trouble

Sometimes I write backwards plot-wise. The middle of the chapter can be good if you have a definite idea of what you want to happen, unhampered by the prep work you need to introduce . . . say, an action scene.

Sometimes it bites you in the ass.

I’ve got a future character visiting her homeworld for the first time. The world welcomes her, but there’s an undercurrent of suspicion here. They want her for something.

Now, after re-reading some chapters I realize that another character would be perfect for this sub-plot. Unfortunately, I’ve already written a great story for the future character. It absolutely won’t work if I change the plot.

So these are two different characters: both a bit cynical, but have soft spots. They are two points on the depression scale. Do I keep the past character’s story the way it is and keep the future character’s story as it is? Or do I expand on the past character’s plot-line (in a kind of natural, I-don’t-believe-I-hadn’t-thought-of-it kind of plot twist)?

There’s a third option. I could just do the plot twist for both characters and rely on their different personalities to carry the different weights of their stories. But that seems to me as hoping the audience is too dumb to realize the similarity. Oh, what to do . . . what to do?

Exposure

I’ve crunched the numbers and it seems like the supporting characters of the sequel have more pages than the main protagonist. Something like that seems a little odd. So I’m left with a choice: I can accept this as part of my “slimming down” project, or I can add more chapters to put my main protagonist back on top, as it were. A tough choice. The main character should get the most screen time, right? That’s what the “main” part of the title implies. I think I’ll start a separate Word file to complete the add-ons, just in case.

Wish me luck, guys. I’m going to need it.

The Perfect Assistant

I need an assistant. Someone who knows the story as well as I do. Someone who knows the full character arcs. Someone to remind me of plotlines and plot holes. Someone who will work for free. Someone who is not crazy about me (i.e. does not see my book as the 11th Commandment). It would be nice to have that person, but since he/she is perfect — and perfection doesn’t exist — I’m out of luck. Wish me luck with this wave of editing.

Some Much Needed Rivalry

In the original sequel, my main villain stayed behind the scenes. He had three chapters dedicated to him, but I lost track and he never meets my protagonist in the story. When I started the second sequel, I wanted the villain to take on a more commanding role. So that’s why I added him to the slimmed-down novel.  I also changed the novel’s ending to include him. There was some stuff in the second sequel that went a long way in establishing the rivalry between the two characters, but the plotline wouldn’t mesh well with the slimmed-down novel (I’d have to add another fifty pages to make the plotline work). Hopefully, the content I created will be enough. Thanks for reading.

Main Character Mismanagement

So I’ve been going through the Future’s Twilight script, and it turns out that Mykel’s chapters are less in numbers than other characters. I don’t know what to do with this knowledge. The entire “reboot” of the sequel was to slim the story. I didn’t want things to pick up after page 100. I wanted things to pick up from page 1.

So right now I’m conflicted. My heart says that I should bulk up Mykel’s chapters. My brain says this is another excuse to add more pages to the story (as said in the previous post, I’m a big numbers guy). So the path ahead is a little murky. I’ll create a separate document of extra adventures just to get them out of my head and decide what to do afterward. Thanks for reading. I feel better already.

Big Numbers Guy

I’ve always been fascinated with big numbers: in books, in videogames (but not apparently in math; in math all numbers hate me). It’s why I like big books: the higher the page number, the better. This may have left me with an inability to actually finish a writing project. It’s difficult to separate quality and quantity. Future’s Twilight was more than 100 pages long before it got to the main storyline. It’s why I slimmed the story and made the side-area content into the major plot chapters. Now I find myself toying with developing minor plot chapters into major plot chapters. Is this right for the book? Am I just enabling myself? Maybe. But to pair fully developed plot chapters and not giving other major chapters the room to develop at the same pace is wrong. I have to see this through.

Streamlining Stage One Complete

I have just finished my first streamlining of Future’s Twilight. The script is 704 pages, a 70-page reduction. Next is to re-arrange the chapters so everyone has a regular spot on character rotation (something that I’m struggling with). Often its a dump: a full circle of POV until the main character where I write four back-to-back chapters (sometimes termed a data dump). Wish me luck.

This Is Fun

When I started doing posts, I never knew how fun it would be to receive your likes. But being acknowledged is a big pick-me-up that I’ve come to enjoy. Thanks to all of you who have liked my posts and have started following me. I swear I will not bore you to death.