Wrapping up the flashback / catch-up chapters.
Wrote just over 3,000 words today. Chapters 10 and 11. Finally
caught up to Chapter 1. Next chapter begins in the present moment, just after
the strange man is found passed out in the back of the bookstore.
you’ve been reading along as I post my WIP updates, you know that I flashbacked
three months after the opening scene. This backtrack is really working. It’s
not boring because I’m introducing an overarching mystery that will carry this
series of books to nine novels. (I hope!)
to the overarching mystery (the notes, or predictions/prophecies) and its
ultimate solution (which I don’t know at this point – it’s a mystery, people!
even to me!), I need to introduce a mysterious character from the Ma Tutt
stories. Her name is Martía and she’s a Gypsy.
Romany (or Roma or Romani). Anyway, her and her husband Rohan are a curious
couple. I won’t spoil the Ma Tutt mysteries, but suffice it to say, they are a
lot more than they appear to be.
One of Martía’s
specialties, however, is knowing special ingredients, recipes, spices, herbs.
That sort of thing. So now that I have the bookstore stocked with books, I need
to get the candle shop part of the store up and running.
in charge of this portion of the store and involved CiCi, a teen helper of Ma’s
at the bakery. But she can work part time with Kelli to make candles and create
their inventory. Where Martía comes in is helping with some scents or aromas.
Thus I’m using the situation to introduce new characters that are vital to the
ongoing Big Mystery Thing.
you could follow all that, you’re better at story development and plotting than
I am! Suffice it to say, the novel is progressing really well.
11 ends on a high note. Kelli & Jo host an open house the night before the
Grand Opening and all their friends show up. It’s a nice way to get most of the
ensemble of the series into the same scene.
clever writing ploy I used, though, was to almost end the chapter with another
disaster. Spoiler! Our love-to-hate General Inspector Donovan Huckly shows up
and threatens to put the kibosh on the store opening. Turns out he’s teasing
and everything will move forward as planned. Everyone cheers.
and Jo end the night content and excited. They just know everything will work
out great in the morning.
bummm. A little bit of irony.
next chapter (which I’ll write next) is the present moment. And we already know
there’s a possible murder, or ‘something bad’ that has happened at the end of
Chapter 1. So that’s what’s next, the Big Mystery Thing and the one-and-done
plot mystery thing come together.
But the characters don’t know it yet. Finally, I the author know something the MCs don’t! Won’t they be surprised? Fun to write this novel so far. We’ll see what unfolds next!
I got nothing. Maybe,
just be sure you introduce your characters in a normal setting before
exploiting them later on when the ‘big mystery thing’ is finally revealed.
Don’t bring someone in out of the blue who the readers should have had a chance
to get to know earlier in the story.
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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