So let's look at what I did this week first. This week I went back and added a few extra details to "Timeshare" to foreshadow some of our female lead's backstory, because I have a kick-ass idea I'll be returning to later in this book (and fully in its potential sequel). Then I wrote an in-betweener scene that leads from a cliffhanger I'd finished recently into an unexpected encounter with an early villain. There was a bit of writer's block working on this scene, because I'm committed to entertaining you with every single word that comes between the front and back covers, but I had to get from Point A to Point B with this particular scene and I found myself basically narrating "And then this happened. And then that happened. Then this other thing happened. Also this too." And I won't do that to this story I'm trying to tell you, so I had to go back and fix it. I'm honored that every person who buys one of my books honors me with $10 to $15 of their hard-earned money, hence my commitment to providing you the best book I can write. Plenty of this book has written itself quickly and almost effortlessly, but when I hit a snag I want to stop and fix it before moving on rather than settle for less and push through a couple shoddy chapters.
Writing fiction for the first time, I've learned a lot about trying to balance story with characterization but also keeping things moving along without getting monotonous or slow. I try my best to transition between exposition, narration, action, internal monologue and dialogue between multiple characters. It's a good challenge, but since I'm learning as I go, it often takes longer than I'd like.
Having said all that, I'm proud to say that I worked my way through the weeds and produced a strong transition from one high-energy story point to another. Rather than make a dry scene of narration, I worked in an interesting conflict between two characters to give better insight into their motives. Sound good?
So getting back to what I mentioned at the beginning of this week's blog, I feel confident that the last couple weeks' slow progression will be countered by some very smooth sailing. The next big moment I'm writing is a classic on-foot chase scene between a bad guy and the good guys, some stuff I can't spoil for you then a really exciting 3,700-word part I've already written that ends with my characters traveling to a different colossus from Triton, where the main story has taken place so far. Stick with us for this one more week and I promise some cool insights/updates next Wednesday.
Thanks for reading! See you soon!
Weekly theriopolis jam: Gustavo Santaolalla - "Home"
Total Word Count: 30,058