After 43 days, I ended up with a novel under 40,000 words. This, of all the Seeders’ books, had the most cuts in it. And the most changes before I printed it. Wrote over sixty thousand words to find the book. Nature of the beast at times.
Tonight I was writing along just fine, bogged down, and realized I was writing an epilog and I was basically done.
Surprise!! Never saw that coming.
But at that point I realized I needed some more back story than I had put in. A ton more, actually. To make the ending work.
So off I went to a short story that had all the back story in it, basically. I had written that story with these two characters in the novel. The story was originally in Smith’s Monthly #6 and was called “Remember Me to Your Children.”
Through the novel I had referenced the short story, (even though the names of the characters in the short story were different and I never revealed in the short story they were Seeders. But the problem in the novel was that the events were 300 years in the character’s past. Tough to bring the events up very often.
And in the opening chapter I had tried to summarize the short story events, which flat didn’t work in hindsight. The events from 300 years earlier would only be fleeting thoughts when something reminded the characters of those events, even though Seeders have perfect memories.
So back I went to Smith’s Monthly #6, pulled out that short story and called it a prolog and put it on the opening of the novel. Then I changed the character names and mentioned a few times they were Seeders, and then, with that opening solidly in place, the entire novel finally made sense.
I had all the events the characters had been influenced by through the novel ON STAGE. Go figure that would work better. (grin)
So I cut a ton of dead plot loops out as I went through and printed the book and put it out for Kris to read.
That entire process (after I finished what I realized was the epilog) was less than two hours. I suppose those of you could call that a second draft who would want to. I call it assembling the parts. I had a bunch of parts I had written and they just needed to be put in the right place and some parts left out.
Not my normal process and I HATE IT! But it happens for me about once every ten novels and I just go with it. Every book is different, every writing process is different. It was still a fun book to write. And a challenge.
So now onward. A new book and a new year of writing. Feels good to have a fresh start in a few days.
I’ll be talking about planning and goals and all that here over the next week, so stay tuned.
JANUARY ONLINE WORKSHOPS NOW AVAILABLE…
January is coming up quickly!! All workshops still have openings at the moment. In fact very few people signed up for any of these. Even the new one, Endings Workshop, has lots of room.
Any questions at all, feel free to write me. And if you are confused as to which workshop to take first, we have a full curriculum posted on its own page.
Class #1… Jan 3rd … Author Voice
Class #2… Jan 3rd … Writing Thrillers
Class #3… Jan 3rd … Endings
Class #4… Jan 3rd … Ideas
Class #5… Jan 3rd … Character Development
Class #6… Jan 4th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… Jan 4th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… Jan 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… Jan 4th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… Jan 4th …Expectations (Writing on the Rails)
December 21, 2016
3 miles. No running.
Weight 189… 19 more to 170 goal.
Month to date distance: 93 miles
23 Days until the first half-marathon…
Note about the exercise day: Time to bring up the distance.
Tracking Word Counts
December 21, 2016
Totals For Year 4, Month 5, Day 21 (Year started August)
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,189
— Daily Fiction: 2,800 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 34,000 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,000 words
— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,600 words
— E-mail: 7 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 374 e-mails. Approx. 27,200 words
— Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories to date: 8 stories.
— Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 3 novels.
Comments About the Writing of the Day: Book done, moving on.