Saturday, November 24, 2012
Yeah, that final line really brings it together in that scene. I even managed to add 34 words. Next up, we’re back with Lucas in Anna’s house.
Ok, it’s time to settle in and get some words written.
OMG! I’ve just figured out what the damn medallion is. Months back Tori comes in with this concept of a medallion. It was in a photograph of her mother way back in the first Act. I need to make sure the medallion actually made it into the draft because I’ve finally figured out what the hell it is!
*ponders* Finding the writing slow and clunky this afternoon. Not liking the way the sun on the library window notches the temperature up a few degrees higher than I’d like.
This scene has me confused. I feel like it’s a bit rambley and I’m not sure where it’s going. I’m wondering if I should leave it hanging, fade to black style and flick back to Tori then have the search with Lucas and Uriel over when we come back to Lucas later. Then again, there was information in a scene I cut out earlier that I might be able to feed in here if I let the search continue.
Part of my doubt about this scene comes from my fear that it might be coming across as boring. There has been a lot of talking lately with very little action. It’s been chapters since Tori killed anyone. Maybe to liven up this scene I could throw a fight in. Lucas and Uriel should definitely throw more sparks off each other than they do. Lucas almost defers to Uriel and I don’t like that about the way they’re interacting. Yes, Uriel is older than Lucas, but their rank is, essentially, the same so Lucas isn’t the lesser of the two. Uriel has more information than Lucas and he wears his superiority like a shield. That should get on Lucas’ nerves. But is it enough to flare up a conflict? How can I make this scene more interesting?
It’s hard writing story at this stage because there is so much that “I” know but I can’t remember how much my characters know. I’m writing this scene and Uriel obviously knows more than Lucas but he’s said things that might have come as a surprise to Lucas but of course Lucas hasn’t acted surprised because I’m not surprised. I need to go back and find out exactly what Lucas knows at this point.
Ok, so Lucas knows what Michael is. It’s a start.
And Tori knows about Michael and Charlene.
*groans* Pulling teeth! I’m going to need some pain killer to get through this. It doesn’t feel natural. No flow at all. I don’t even know where I’m going with this really. I have thought to have Lucas find the medallion and he and Uriel fight over it. Lucas, of course, would have to lose the fight because that would reinforce his failure theme. I was thinking Uriel’s charge would be Crey but I’m actually thinking it would be more interesting if his charge were one of the children of the Nagaran, or even one of the Four Fathers. His searching for the medallion would then have a greater meaning and purpose, because, he would, after all be trying to find a way to create Serpenthrope.
I made good time despite leaving Byford late tonight. Arrived at the Night of Writing Dangerously exactly on 5pm. *grins*
One of the lovely lady speakers mentioned how sad it is that NaNoWriMo only happens in November because this year she couldn’t participate due to all the chaos of the education fields at that time of year. It occurred to me, that it would be great to have a different NaNo month. On the forums we had already been talking about post-NaNo and there was talk about putting together a forum. But the speakers comments made me think even bigger. So, enter, OzNoWriMo – Australian Novel Writing Month in April 2013. Or, at least, the inkling of the idea for it. I’ll see if I can pull it together over the next few months.
It’s good to see a few of the people from the forums. Batman and jkore are both here tonight. Of course, one of the downsides here tonight is no internet. Then again that could be a good thing.
The two featured writers here tonight are lovely women. It has been incredible to discover so many successful local writers over the course of NaNoWrimo.
It’s odd how much I’m itching to get started tonight. Probably because everyone is all set up and quiet but they’re all focused on the speakers despite the fact that they’ve officially finished speaking. Because no one has really jumped into the writing yet they just keep adding new information. It’s great but I’d really like to get the writing started.
Bother, I thought I was ready to write the next scene. I finished off strongly from the Armadale Write In and thought, sweet, I can just get straight into the next scene. But now I’m looking at the scene notes and can’t help thinking that I already wrote this scene. I need to go back and sort out what I have covered so that I can figure out how to move into the next part of the story. I’m so close to the end of the third act. I so want to get this act finished because I can see the finish line rounding in on me. It’s so exciting to be so close.
I’ve had a few scenes where Tori can be quite volatile. Those scenes are from her point of view so there could be a great deal more about her emotions and her interactions with Torque while these things are going on. I do need a greater sense of her growing control, but I don’t want readers to forget these two entities exist within her. I can’t let myself forget that whenever Tori is in a scene, she is both Tori and Torque at the same time.
In good news, this last chapter came in at a much more reasonable word count. Chapters 18 and 20 were both more than 5,000 words with chapter 19 topping 3K. This one is just over 2,500 and it has two mirrored conflicts between the MCs and people who hold significant respect in their lives. It’s an interesting reflection of the two working together. I really like how that’s come together.
I’m not sure I like how Intersecting Bloodlines ended. Especially since it’s a chapter end. It landed on a weak note. I should go back later and see if I can strengthen that.
This next chapter is going to be a tough one because it has to be a fairly long scene. In a way, it’s actually going to combine two scenes I think, because I’ll need to put the Traitors scene together with this Betrayal one. I wouldn’t mind being able to jump to Corelle, but she’s never had a POV scene in the whole book so doing that now would be jarring. It’s better to stick with just Tori and Lucas. The Betrayal scene is with Tori and so you don’t get to see the betrayal happen. That means I need to create a good lead in to have the betrayal unveiled.
OH! I just had an idea. Tori, Crey, and Zara have come to the conclusion about the Angel blood. If Tori were to let slip that Zara was the daughter of an angel then that would give Jess a key and carrot to dangle in front of the High Priestess. Corelle being the bitch she is will take advantage of that to go overboard with Tori. Instead of protecting Tori to avoid the wrath of Charlene she’d be more than happy to make Tori suffer. Knowing Tori was determined to betray them all, and that she can make a new Serpenthrope with Zara and the information she’s discovered could be just what I need to tip the story toward its climax.
lol Classic. I just created this ironic twist thanks to my beautiful son. His character has really transformed over time. From a pansy nobody priest who is only in one scene for a matter of seconds in early on and never named. To this rather iconic character, he was just going to be a priest, who got named in a later scene, you know, killing Zara, but now. OMG It’s sooooo classic. It’s going to wrack the tension up so many degrees that the climax is going to be epic. I LOVE when stuff like this unfolds while I’m writing it.
Interesting. Ok, I wove together that foreshadowing and it does work. I left the scene on a rather poignant point that ties together Tori’s battle against herself with the external battle about her place in the world. At this point Jess hasn’t put the pieces together about the information Tori had inadvertently revealed but the reader will have. In a way, it works that Jess hasn’t caught on yet because odds are, when she talks to the High Priestess she won’t even realise what she’s telling her. Corelle is quick, she’ll grasp it immediately, and then of course Jess will feel all the more guilty for it all. *grins wickedly* Tightening the thumb screws. So much fun!
Ok, time for a sustenance break. They put on a nice spread for us tonight. Sandwiches, mini quiche (which are YUMMY) and some other assorted treats. I had a chance to talk to Lee, he’s the Rockingham ML and he organised the event. The numbers tonight are a little disappointing. Last year they had close to 50 people and this year there are just over 30. He had planned for more like 70 so he’s actually invited everyone to take a second showbag/doorprize thing so that the draw later isn’t a complete bust with the unclaimed bags winning all the prizes. lol Still, it’s a great event. Next time, as Perth :: South ML I’ll promote the hell out of it and see if we can get a more respectable headcount. (That’s all on the assumption that I can become ML, but I guess, even if I don’t, I’ll do what I can to support the event)
Ok, well that’s interesting. The scene comes in at just over 1,000 words which is too short to be a full chapter, but it also leaves room for the next scene to be bumped up to this chapter. In a way, this could be a good thing. Although, I’m not sure if the scene came together very well. One of those, full of doubt scenes. I think the pressure is on now. Particulary since I hit those 50,000 words now and I’m getting so close to the end that the tension is building up in me too. I’m putting so much pressure on myself to get this right and I think that’s making this drag out longer. Although, as usual, if I consider words per hour I’m probably doing really well.
lol I find it so fascinating to read, even just the last few words because just minutes ago I was having such doubts about how the scene ends. I’m still not sure if it comes together in the rest of the scene but the end definitely does seem to work. Now the trick is to make the next scene work too.
I almost missed it. Headphones in and Lee was talking, if I hadn’t seen him gesturing at the front of the room out of the corner of my eye I wouldn’t have heard a thing. But, we all just got given a really cool book. YAY! I’m not sure what it is yet because I missed most of what he said, still, a book, any book is AWESOME! lol
*grimaces* This sounds so convoluted and far fetched. AS IF people talk like this.
AHHHHHH! Sometimes you just want to scream in frustration. But you’re sitting in a room of 30 or so other writers so it wouldn’t go down well to do it in person. But you know, it’s there, simmering under the surface. Why does it have to be so agonizing? I have to hunt for every single word.
Yeah, right now I’m wishing I was NOT an empath. My character has a headache, a crushing concussion from being hit with a chair of all things. So of course, I now have a crashing headache. Odds are pain killer won’t work, it never does when what I’m feeling is someone else’s pain. But anything is worth trying. Hopefully Tori’s headache won’t last too many words and I can get her through this scene in the next twenty minutes or so.
lol “Crey lunched past him and shoved Carvy into the wall”. lmfao Yeah, um. I’ll have a side of beef with that lunch of yours Crey. LUNGED!
grrr Lee is talking again. I was finally on a roll with this scene and now he wants to draw prizes. I thought tonight was about writing stuff!
Ok, didn’t win nothing, good, now let me get back to my story. lol
Ohhhh, shivers. Yeah, that’s right. It’s a shivers kind of scene. Sometimes you just get touched by that voice that kicks into the back of your head and the words that come out are just that right touch of ooohhhhhhh. Totally the right place to end a chapter. Hopefully I have enough words here to make it a decent one. I still have a page of notes in this section to go over too so maybe there is more I can do to flesh out what I have.
Ok, reading over the notes and there is some great stuff in them. But I don’t know if it’ll fit in this scene. It needs to get put into some scenes from the previous chapters. It’s almost time for NoWD to wrap up and the job of feeding these notes into those scenes is more than a few minutes work so I’ll have to get started on that when I get home later. Meanwhile, today was a good haul. Let me do some math.
Total count for the NoWD is 3,403 bringing my total so far today to 5,478 and my NaNo total to 55,149 words. *grins* Sweet!
Doh! I just realised I forgot to grab a copy of that free book! Still, the rest of the night was a win. I had a great time. I just wish I’d had a chance to get everyone’s details so we could stay in touch after NaNo.