Shhh. I think they're listening
- Apr 19, 2014
The book I'm dealing with keeps traumatising me to the point of tears. How am I supposed to work in these conditions!
At least I'm over 44k.
At least I'm over 44k.
Stick with your guns. Tense negotiations can be dramatic - particularly if there's a lot of them in the book - and ending everything with a big dramatic battle is overdone. Particularly in books that don't have too many of them (which admittedly mightn't be the case here).My first thought was that I’d literally end the story with everyone sitting down and writing a peace treaty, which feels “new” and captures the messiness of real politics, but I think that would be quite unsatisfying in terms of drama. OK, then, they’ll have a big battle. But how to make this big battle different to any other?
It's good to have friends in low places.Just started a tear-down and rebuild of the first 1/3 of my YA Earthwyrms. I think my subconscious must have called in some favours, because it seems to have arrived at a plot that removes everything I was uneasy about in the first version, boosts everything I liked, and leaves the rest of the story intact. Time will tell if the optimism is justified.
Oh dear, my progress since then has not been good. I paused on short stories because they were taking too much time away from the novel, but I've been stuck on the 'just after halfway point' of the WIP I'm revising for a long time. Not totally blocked, but just vvvv slow progress as I try to untangle something. I'll get through it eventually.I still haven't finished this story - ha! However, I have in the meantime, polished up 15k of one novel that I'm still writing (and written a full synopsis for it), revised half of a complete WIP, and got near the end of the stupid short story.
Congratulations on both fronts!I wrote a YA SF novel, BLURRED VISION, a few years ago and it will be published later this year (waiting for the publish date announcement). It was the first of a proposed series, but it took so long to sell I only wrote 6000 words of the sequel and abandoned it. However, I have just finished the editing process with the publisher and rereading the novel after all this time has generated a renewed sense of excitement, so the sequel is out of mothballs and it's full steam ahead on FUZZY LOGIC, the second book of The Polly Hart Chronicles!