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Chapter 14 done 67,886



Three chapter day. I am impressed with those characters, they managed not to destroy their lives or their relationship. Very cool. I think next chapter is going to be interesting.

I only have 15k to go till I reach this new goal. The hurricane had better start blowing in soon, think I need to change the dates in the edits so they're much closer to the hurricane. I can see why they aren't paying attention to the news though, they're a bit distracted. This could get entertaining. Especially if the final magical battle takes place during the hurricane itself and they're all, cats included, soaking wet in a torrential tropical rain.
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mikellsgems
Nov. 9th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
You are truly amazing! You'll have an encyclopedia soon!!!! I'm up to 12,500. I've had the flu and have been trying to play catch up with work, etc. So far behind on everything. I intend to get this done though!!!
robertsloan2
Nov. 9th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
Go go go! That's pretty solid count considering you had the flu and have been playing catch-up at work. It's also exploded in length. It's not going to be a mere 80,000 words, since I don't think I can reach the end in only 3,000 words. I think instead that I'll hit 80k today and hopefully manage to bring the story to a conclusion by the tenth.

You're only two days behind. You can catch that up with a good strong sustained effort, if you can grab an evening and put several hours into it that should do a lot for catching up. It's sound progress. You will get this done, I know you will. I just hope work lets up on you so that you can pull ahead again.
mikellsgems
Nov. 10th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the faith!!! I do intend to get it done - just wrote a booklet with over 7,000 words for work - wish that could count! lol
robertsloan2
Nov. 10th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
If you think of that when you tackle your novel, it gets easier to let the story just reel out at its own pace. Keep in mind that in a novel it's okay to have new characters walk in at any point, interfere with what's going on, come up with interesting tangents and subplots that make it more complex.

I've noticed that the larger the cast, the likelier it is the novel will run long. Four or five well developed characters will definitely start a novel-length production, when it gets over a dozen you start getting series or the giant Doorstop books. The characters who have flashbacks and deal with past issues, have multiple conflicts with other characters, have unusual personality traits or just have pushy showoffy personalities and make their personal ideas and goals important are the ones that pad your length. Watch out for scene-stealers.

The minor character who was only going to be there for a paragraph who starts doing something to steal the scene and become a major character -- go with it, follow it up, weave that subplot back into the whole. That's what builds big sound novels and also makes them rich. A short story tends to focus on something important to one character.

A novel has a major conflict that affects a number of people and is important to all of them in different ways, and circumstances draw them all together into however that resolves -- not always well for all of them. It can be tragic and grind all of them down in the dirt. Every one of them has something he or she passionately wants. Some of them will get it and some won't, but they will all try to get what they want.

Another good length trick is that if you're in a lull and don't know what happens next, just pick a character and give that one a dream sequence. Write it intuitively and throw in anything meaningful to that character, show something of who they are or foreshadow part of the plot or do a big false suspense thing by not telling the reader it's a dream sequence till they wake up after being horribly killed etc. Tricks to make this plausible include slight surreal elements in the description, deliberate mistakes like it being high noon in one paragraph and sunset in the next, or dawn, while the same conversation is going on -- things that can easily happen in dreams and get taken for granted by the dreamer that are completely irrational in waking life.

You'd be surprised how a reader won't notice those glitches and surreal juxtapositions, how a character who wasn't there says something, how easy it is for them to immerse in a good dream sequence and then wake up with a little shock along with the character and recognize "No, I really would not have hung my dirty laundry in the cathedral between all the arches. I was dreaming. I'm alive. I did not get eaten by the pews coming to life. Yeesh."

And then tie that to the plot because a priest in the story is actively, maliciously plotting against that character to badmouth him or get him arrested by the Inquisition or somehow mess with him, planning betrayal. It's fun doing dreams.
mikellsgems
Nov. 10th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
I'm probably doing this all wrong but I'm writing my autobiography - I'm feeling vulnerable lately and want to capture it - no reason for that - I just am. I want the stories of my life all in one place. I posted a sampling on a recent post - and I have been crying all day because of a chicken. I'm a mess. lol

Next story is lighter - two Rheas we owned - Ghonna Rhea and Dia Rhea. ; )
robertsloan2
Nov. 11th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
That sounds neat. LOL the Rheas! That rocks! I bet the chicken story is sad, it's natural to cry when writing something emotionally wringing.
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