Happy Fifth of July, Aledans! I know it’s not a holiday, but we can still celebrate like it is
My query and five page critique of NAMELESS came back last Friday, and it was a bit gentler than the last crit, so that was good. It still pointed out a lot of the same issues, and it was recommended that I start a little earlier in the story (in my effort to put the reader right in the middle of the action I may have started a bit too late). So I’m going to write the beginning of the ceremony and see if that helps. It should also take care of the “rushed” feeling that people have been complaining about since last summer. Yeah, sometimes I have a hard head.
I finished reading Story Engineering two days ago, and have begun the painful process of outlining. I’m still bugging the bejezus out of my critters with emails about my current thoughts on where the story is going (which probably all contradict one another). This weekend I’ll try filing out the Beat Sheet that comes with Story Engineering and see if that gives me a better grasp of what needs to go where. Especially on Kaye’s end.
I’m also still trying to figure out what to do with Gar and Pike right now. I tweaked something, and it threw their entire part of the storyline out of whack. And Timin. *sigh* I have no idea what to do with Timin right now, or if perhaps I should cut him from the book. That would be a painful darling to murder. Especially since I just cut the part where Kaye flies off the cliff (that scene was the whole reason I decided to write the book!) and of course my first scene darling.
Sometimes I wish I could completely forget the original storyline – it has too many darlings and I’m not sure which ones need to be killed. I know the last third of the last re-write was good, but it’s hard to give up everything that came before that I loved so much.
I have a nice, loooong weekend to work on it though. Instead of taking the Fourth off yesterday I’m taking Monday and Tuesday off for Hubs birthday (and the recuperation day after Hubs birthday). We’ll be beaching it for two days, cooking out, going to see Prometheus, and playing a lot of Diablo 3. And I should finally finish A Storm of Swords.
What are your plans for the weekend, Aledans? Or will it be a recover from the mid-week holiday type of weekend?