It’s been a little while since I last wrote. I have been focused on finishing my second book by Veterans Day. I already have a team of readers combing through the opening chapters and I want to have editing done by Thanksgiving. I was put on this path from the Central California Writers’ Conference at Cuesta College (Oct. 2-3).
Passages of Consequence: The Open Door was about 1/3 done before the conference, but work on it had stalled. I was having problems with how I wanted to approach different scenes. My outline followed two parallel stories, related stories that did not intersect, that of a hostage and a target. From both angles, you get to know the assassins and, well, they’re the interesting part – this is SciFi after all. That outline just hit the shred-and-recycle pile.
Based on conversations at the conference, my storyline has been trimmed down, the timeline flattened, and the best two-part chase scene ever written (not that I am biased) re-imagined. I threw out 32 of my 88 original pages, demoted the target from a major to barely-there character, and stitched up some of the holes.
Now I’m working toward my ambitious goal of 11/11. I have had this goal since the evening of Tuesday, the 10/6 – driving home from an FSFW meeting. Thursday night I finished my new outline and corresponding milestones. By the end of Friday, I was already behind. The three-day weekend brought me back to where I thought I should be, but I have since fallen behind again. Long nights are coming.
If my posts don’t appear as often as they did in late summer, it is because I am putting pen to paper. I hope to get up a post a week.