Two-thirds done, longest third to go

Assuming an equal length to the last draft, I am now 2/3 of the way done with this draft.

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However, this is also the section of the book that needs the most work. Not only do I have to expand the fight scenes, but all those “little” changes have come due. The ending needs to be almost completely rewritten.

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So I’m still staring down that long ass highway.

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Regardless, I am getting excited. I might have a draft by the end of summer, and that feels amazing.

So it’s time to buckle and get writing. We’re almost there~

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New Chelsea!!

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My monthly series is out today. 
This month, Chelsea learns how to fight a giant, and that her girlfriend has some apprehension about the new hunter in town. It seems that Sonja isn’t as cool as she seems.

And to my readers, yes, *that* Sonja.

 

Slowly losing my mind

So last week I was all “Slowly but surely coming together…” And then… I finished it. I finished the chapter!

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But literally, the next day, I realized that it didn’t work. I needed to take the chapter I just written a new intro for and changed POVs, and split it into two chapters… oh and it needed to be in the original POV, but I was absolutely going to keep all the changes that I made, so I couldn’t just put in the old stuff…. oh no no no. I needed to switch the POV… again…

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If you feel lost… welcome to the club.

This was so much easier with The Haven. I only had two POV characters. Now I’m juggling the rest of the cast and it is beyond daunting… and frustrating… and annoying… and why I doing this to myself!?!?!

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Thanks, guys. Yes, as annoying as this is, I really wouldn’t give it up. Doesn’t mean that I can’t grouse.

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Anyway, I’m about half way through the new game plan, and despite my spite, I know it’s making a better story. So I’m going to get back to that chapter and hopefully finish it… again.

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What? It’s *still* that same chapter?!

Okay, I’m being just a touch hyperbolic. Yes, I am working on that same chapter, two weeks on. Like it’s been so slow that the beta-read I was using as my treat for finishing the chapter was getting to the point of embarrassingly late. I had to give up on finishing the chapter and just read the manuscript for my friend.

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And truthfully, I have been plugging away. Not as quickly as I would like, but a steady outpouring of words. A few paragraphs a day, every day.

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And I really can’t be upset about it. I think I hit on the final incarnation of this book. Not the final *draft* mind you, but the beginnings of the final drafts. I’m not expecting any major structural shake-ups, so I should be expanding on chapters, and starting to add the details.

Or that’s my current excuse, anyway.

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Still, I’m sleeping, so I must be writing enough… right?

Still on that chapter

And I have been writing.

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It’s just that this is a fight scene, and one I am rewriting from a new character’s POV. So I’m not just fixing up the fight, but rewriting big chunks of it because Barb wouldn’t know what a trained warrior would. It’s exhausting, mentally.

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It’s one thing to switch POV between characters with a similar background, but it’s a lot more work to use a novice in any scene. While I appreciate the opportunity for natural exposition and world building, my brain hurts after a few paragraphs because I have to translate actions into an alien mentality.

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I’m reading a few paragraphs and then taking a few hours to process how Barb would interpret those actions. Then I have to edit and rewrite and find the right transition.

Or decide that Barb wouldn’t have the faintest clue what’s going on, and then rewrite around that revelation.

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And it’s going well, more or less. I’m hoping it will speed up once the action starts in earnest. Most of the scene setting stuff just needs pronoun changes, and Barb is only starting to come into her own, so she can observe actions; she doesn’t have to be a part of them. Which means I have to change a few lines and add her reactions. Hopefully. As long as I don’t change my mind, again.

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So, I’m moving right along, if more slowly than I thought. But it’s the story that’s being slow, not me. I’m writing. Which is a good thing. I like being writing. I am braining the words so hard. So hard the braining. Such words.

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Sorry, I have to get back to my book.

 

It’s time for Chelsea

Yes, it’s the first Monday of the month, and that means Chelsea! Last month started the new cycle, so the adventure is just ramping up.

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Sorry, I love Chelsea. She has never ceased to surprise me, even if I did create her. Good characters do what you want, great characters do what *they* want. Chelsea has definitely detoured from the story I envisioned, and I’m okay with that.

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So, if you love monsters, and the normal humans who fight them, you still have one hour to sign up before the latest drops.

A hitch in the giddy up

I got over that one chapter, but ran smack into the exposition chapter.

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And I don’t mind the expo chapter. I actually like them, reading and writing. But this is the… fourth version of this I’ve written this year. Little changes in the timeline (and more than one HUGE change in the timeline) makes for big changes in the actual words of the expo chapter, but not in the overall story. Which I know seems like it should be a contradiction…

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*sigh* And worse, I know that I’ll probably just have to change it all again in a few months.

Like can I really get away with *People discuss things, mysteries are prodded, but not solved, Marley is snarky in his head, Edie is snarky out loud, and now we’re going to investigate Audra.*

Writers, if you got that in beta-read would you keep reading?

Me either.

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Anyway, I have cake and bread to bake, and five or six exposition chapters to shift through so I don’t have to write this thing from scratch. Again.

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