Work in Progress
Deep into mapping out the whole plot structure of Sunder Gloom. Sequel to Living in Flames. Using bullet points so I can quickly grasp the entire novel and move things around without dumping chunks of valuable narrative. Thought I had it nailed yesterday. But met up with Doc Toc, man with a mind, in a cocktail bar last night and riffed the ending off him… and it just broke into pieces. #Fail. A useful experience. Worth the hangover.
Also, strangely, woke up at 2 a.m. with Massimo Pandev, the main character, in my mind basically complaining about the direction I was trying to take the ending. I’ve had this happen before. A character gets so much mental energy it almost becomes real and starts to dictate the direction of the plot.
Part-way to insanity…
Today’s been dominated by it.Sheets of A3 paper and rapidly scribbled notes, things circled, lines drawn to connect this bit to that bit… then a partial walk of the harbour. Another cafe. Bingo. Almost have it…
Surprising how stressful this part can be. Suddenly you find yourself doubting everything. Your ability to craft plots that keep a reader engaged and turning pages. It will pass. I’ve been here many times before.
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