My morning was tied up with some family responsibilities, but my afternoon was wide open. I should probably focus on one project at a time, but either they have achieved sentience and won’t leave me alone or I don’t have that kind of discipline. Actually, it’s neither. I believe it is wrong to wait for “the muse” or “feeling creative” to work on something; if you want to find the muse set a regular appointment and she will show up. However, I also believe there are also times when your things are aligned in your brain and it’s ready to get things sorted out, and you should use those times to their best advantage; it’s much easier riding the donkey than pushing it.
So, by that (admittedly sketchy) analogy, I guess on Friday I spent time riding the donkey, which meant reviewing the plot pieces, characters, and story of my upcoming projects. My brain clearly wanted to be able to consider those in the background so (I hope) it will be more productive when the time is right. At the expense of some words, I went with it.
One other effect of my work on Long Way Home is that I think I will be adding a quota of scenes to my daily quota of words. I think my efforts to write more words per day has led to rambling scenes with unnecessary cruft. Instead, I think I should have (much) tighter scenes, and make up word count with scene counts. Doing so will get regular books done faster rather than just make books on a slow schedule bigger.
Introducing Spring Rains: A Victor Storm Novel
At first, Long Way Home was a simple side project. Then it (and moving) took over my time and attention for a couple weeks. Now, coming back to Spring Rains, I’m seeing it with fresh eyes. And I like what I see.
Writing Spring Rains meant uncovering the story, and it turned out to be much different, and much longer, than I thought. It is probably less like its original idea than anything else I’ve ever done.
It’s also reached a point where it is what it is, and I don’t see it changing. I have words left to write to finish the story, and I’m sure there will be surprises (the details of the three major conflict resolutions are still completely unknown, which will be fun), but it’s downhill from here, and it won’t be long.
With that in mind, I’m revealing the current cover. It isn’t final, but I like it, and I think it works with Winter Kills.
- New fiction words: 600
- Scenes completed: 0
- New weblog words: 450