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May 21, 2014

The countdown continues

The countdown continues

There are two and only two inherently good things about summer. Now, there are a lot of good things that can happen in summer: cool vacations, parties,

One is that it’s iced (cold toddy if you want to be a stickler) coffee season. Really, this stuff is great: any hot water at all will rob coffee of part of its flavor register.

The other is being able to drive with the top down if you own a convertible without people looking at you funny. I’m pretty sure they look at you funny if you drive with the top down and it’s NOT a convertible, but I haven’t done the research to support my hypothesis.

Oh right, this is a blog about writing.

Dance around the Dying continues apace. That great burst of words the first week back meant I wasn’t thrown behind schedule by a week where the day job sucked my brain dry (and occupied precious weekend hours to boot). I’m fairly confident of the average chapter length at this point–the 3500 word mark works for this one–which allowed me to sketch out the structure for the balance of the novel. As a result, one episode I’d penciled in got the heave-ho, since my episodes are running longer than I planned originally and I like the result.

So: 26 chapters +/- 1. 90-92k words. Built around four episodes, not five, with a bit of lead in and a bit of Exeunt Omnes. This is pretty much my approach to outlining: I may sketch bits in, but beyond that I need some actual content to figure out who my characters are. The major plot points remain intact so far, which is a good thing, and I’ve ironed out some questions I had about character relationships.

Mostly, though, I’m still having fun with it. Make no mistake, it still feels like work, and I still wrestle with bits, but my desire to keep going isn’t of the Scott-of-the-Antarctic trudging ahead for Queen and Country variety.

I know I left my character arc out here somewhere

I know I left my character arc out here somewhere

I want to see how things unfold too. I even want to go back and do touch-ups on character language, which is usually my favorite thing ever, up there with do-it-yourself eye surgery. If I can keep that attitude over the next eight-nine weeks I’ll be happy with the result.

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