Well, my summer math program has come to an end and that means that so has my afternoons of writing time away from disruption. Now back to the full time kid time. I wrote very little today, just cleaning up the last two sections I wrote so they accurately finish Chapter 16. Alas, I spent the rest of the day negotiating a way that Grip of Dust actively becomes two novels instead of one. My word count suggests it is wise, as did the many plot lines and locations. Narrowing the focus book by book works as long as, well, it does. I have hammered out a way for Grip of Dust to exist in mirror fashion to Purge of Ashes, as in, prologue, 25 chapters, epilogue – and divided into three sections based off geography, but the question becomes what is left for this new third book? First, I need a new name. Silence of Deluge will yet remain the final book. Second, eek. A diligent eye is required to assure I don’t screw myself over in some way. I had the whole of the book planned out before it ‘got big.’ It better stay tight and action-packed or what’s the point? I have three chief story lines to draw from for this new book, ones left out, now, of Grip. The first two happen in the city Palprazen, so they go together well, but the last one is giving me fits as to what to do: either my lead leaves Grip 75% of the way through the book to be central in book 3, or I augment who goes where to keep him and certain elements in a more… streamlined fashion. Ah, well. Time and tears will tell.
All told I got 10,000 words done, roughly, and cleaned and re-inspired some more.
My final writing grab of the summer: “The womensworn stormed around in a huff, collecting their belongings and uprooting their children. Blooded Face Eaters mounted up with all their gear in case they needed to ride. Dancetrap begged his spirits for this and that, assuming far greater importance to the events of the day than he ever deserved.”
Joel, I just wanted to leave a quick note to say that I have really enjoyed these blog posts. Keep fighting the good fight and the answers will come as your process continues. :)))
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You’re a champion of support, Dustin! I hope your own work is proceeding as well. It has become clear to me that I am playing a very long game.
Well, I certainly try to be as encouraging and supportive as I can be. 😊 I’m glad to know that I helped you. Uggh, I wish I could say that the work is going well, but in all seriousness, 2017 has been a crapshoot personally, and aside from just doing it, I’m not sure how to get back my momentum. I feel you. My stories tend to long, evolving into lives all their own. Thank you for your kindness and friendship.