Friday, May 14, 2010

Chapter Seven, the author plows ahead

New scene written at lunch! About 1500 words though the transition into the scene is still a bit rough and I need to fix that. But still, it seems quite fine. A bit of it (but not, alas, all that much) is recycled from the previous version of the book, but substantial cuts were made and lots of new words written, and I just remembered that there's a note to myself in there to add in even more stuff, though likely only about 100 or 200 words, a glancing blow against a subplot. Still, I've been avoiding this scene for a couple of days because I thought it would be hard to write and it wasn't so that's that and now I can get on with the return of Rosenkrantz to Elsinore and the hijinks that ensue once he's back. And by "hijinks" I of course me "deaths." Yay, death! In a strictly fictional manner, I mean.


  1. I don't comment all the time, but it's great and fun to hear about your progress, Scott. I may start writing again someday.

  2. Davin is really starting to worry me, although he says I shouldn't...

    I'm glad to see you're making great progress, Scott! I've put Cinders aside for a few days, but I might start on it again today. Working my up to that high body count!

  3. Davin, I hope you do start writing again soon. I've gone through periods when I didn't write and although it worried me at the time, I see now that it did me no harm. I realized this morning that I've been spending a lot of time lately not writing, and I have to decided to either be fine with the slow rate of progress I've got or to get into a heavier writing routine. I will say that blogging about my progress makes the work more fun. That could be construed as a hint, Big Daddy.

    Michelle, I just want to get through the section I'm writing now (the end of Act One) because I have really cool ideas for the second act. The trick will be to not rush through the bit I'm writing now. But in a couple more pages, I get to knock off a character. Finally. Whee!

  4. Glad you're still making progress. Maybe I need to kill someone off. Hmmm. I think it could help my plot. It would definitely increase the tension.

  5. Tomorrow, if all things go according to plan, I'll have produced a fictional corpse. About time, I say.

    Killing characters off adds tension, but so does almost killing someone. I think that often times threats are more frightening than actual violence. For 24,000 words I've had nothing but the threat of violence going. I have no idea if it's kept the suspense/tension up. I'm too close to the work right now.

    Are you doing major revisions to "Zoe's Pride," then?

  6. Yeah. Starting with the title. It's now called "Resonance." I'm streamlining some of the language and showing where I was telling too much and cutting the scenes that didn't advance the plot and adding scenes that do. Some of those may include death. There will definitely be threats of death and a few disappearances. There's one guy I had in originally that I took out. Now I'm thinking I'll put him back in and either kill him or make him disappear.

  7. "Resonance" is a great title! You have my sympathies over your revisions; I'm rewriting my book from the ground up, you know.

    I also have characters whose main dramatic function is to get killed. It's important to round out their personalities before you kill them, though.

    I was wondering if you should refuse to come out and say explicitly what Zoe's "gift" is. Maybe you could give some more examples (in the first chapter, leading up to or well into that first classroom scene) of her "using her talent," (or being used by it, if you prefer) but you as author let the reader figure out what the cause-and-effect is. Just a thought.