Chapter 15; 1,550 words; novel at 25,100 words.
This is an ‘inserted’ chapter. I got ahead of the story when I wrote the last chapter, which will be Chapter 17. Now I have to go back and fill in the gaps a bit.
The action right now centers on Ben’s camping trip. He’s a wilderness guide and so he’s taking a client hiking a few days so the man can take some photographs. He’s like a nature photographer.
I debated on how much of these side stories to include. There are a lot of characters in Sugar Pine Station and I could expand the novel a bit by spotlighting a little slice of life in the various characters’ lives.
There’s Ma Tutt at the bakery, of course. But there’s also Doc Moore, the local vet; Tommy Fairbanks, the editor of the weekly Bulletin; Donovan Huckly, our love-to-hate Inspector General; Father Emilio Aguilera, the priest at St. Anne’s; and relative newcomer to my stories, Officer Barry, one of two policemen in Sugar Pine Station.
All of these folks could have a chapter or two focusing on them and their relationship to role in the mystery. Focusing on their lives every now and then seems like a good strategy to ‘pad’ the novel a bit – as long as these side stories tie into the main story and aren’t just some random walk in the woods for no real purpose.
One reason I’m having trouble expanding the story is that I don’t know how far to take these side stories. Plus, I had to get over my reluctance to expand the POVs in this novel. At first, I was hoping I could tell the whole thing from Kelli’s perspective. But that was a no-go almost from the start.
So accepting multiple POVs – like a lot of mysteries out there – was kind of freeing. And it leads to the idea of adding some side stories to make the overall story a bit more interesting.
At least, that’s the goal. As long as these slice of life scenes add to the whole.
That’s my tip for today. Give the reader some interesting slice of life side stories about all those loveable characters in your novel. But make sure their scenes are tied to the overall plot.
Progress: Writing Secrets & Scents...
Introduction – Part 2: The Missing Novel
Day 1 - 3100 (Chps 1 & 2) - Total: 3,100 words
Day 2 - 3300 (Chps 3 & 4) - Total: 6,400 words
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