Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Book Two Progress Report

This evening I made six and a half pages of notes for my next book. I have the rough shape of the story, and the first five chapters outlined, and I think it's going to be a good book. I like my outline so far, and I'm leaving room to improvise along the way. This is going to be a very weird, very dark tale, and I plan on pulling out all the stops. Nothing is too much, I wrote in my notes. I think I have my main characters figured out, and I have a dandy end to Act One planned. The story is taking turns that surprise me, which is nice.

Anyway, I've done fine work and I'm truly bitten by the writing bug again, but for now it's late and I must to bed.

8 comments:

  1. Enjoy the experience. It's interesting to read about your creative process, and it's always nice to surprise yourself with a cool new element of your story.

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  2. So that's why you made me stop writing. Tricksie, you are. Oh, you need to make a character for me. I'll have conversations with your characters via e-mail. Ha ha. A winning strategy, no doubt.

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  3. It sounds like something I might be scared to read. Heehee!

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  4. Scott, I'm excited that you're excited, and I hope you're excited that I'm excited that you're excited. Book 2 is sounding mysterious, and I look forward to learning more about it. Me? I'm redoing Part III of my book thanks to your suggestions. I had a great idea as I was walking to my car after work yesterday. Parking structure fumes always seem to help.

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  5. Davin: Your excitement at my excitement gets me excited in exciting ways! I'm hoping Book 2 will be mysterious to read as well as to blog about. I'm going for a "what the hell was that?" sort of thing. I'm excited you had a great idea for "Rooster" yesterday. Behold the power of toxic gases! I'm relieved you're still speaking to me after I bitched about Part III.

    Lois: There will be scary in this book, yes. Not Stephen King scary, but hopefully a nod toward Lovecraft scary. We'll see. It's early days; I might turn it into kittens and daffodils next week.

    Mr. Bowman: Since you and I are the same person, only one of us can be writing at any given time. Or, I am in fact one of your fictional characters already. Prove that I'm not.

    Rick: I think this book will be a lot more like FATE'S GUARDIAN than my last book was. Sort of. The inciting incident I came up with last night was the big surprise. I never would've guessed that my protagonist would do such a thing. But he does. Hee-hee, as Mr. Bowman would say.

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  6. Oooooh, Lovecraft scary is my kind of scary. (I'm too much of a chicken for Stephen King scary.) I'm very curious now! Of course, I'm still looking forward to reading your other book. At this point, I suppose that won't be for a few years, since it's too late to offer to beta read.... If you want a beta reader for the new one when you have a draft, I'd be happy to volunteer.

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  7. Tara: I should have a rough draft in, like, six or eight months. I don't move quickly at my age.

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  8. Tara: I need to get the Lovecraft background of mystery and something horrible just around the corner without getting trapped in the sort of miasma of constant suffocating dread his stories frequently have. But, I have decided to have a Mad Monk, though he won't be an Arab, but a Russian Orthodox. It'll be fun.

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