Chapter 16; 1,600 words; novel at 26,700 words.
Confession. Disclaimer. Mea culpa, caveat emptor, whatever. I wrote this chapter over two days. A four day gap between the first 1000 words and the last 600. Not happy about it. Not proud of the fact that I’m stumbling here in the big middle of my novel.
Right now, writing is a push and a pain. Making progress, but slowly. Plenty of excuses, but like the saying goes… Hmm, I can’t remember exactly how the saying goes, but excuses are like something-or-other, everyone has one.
So I’ll just leave that behind and focus on where I’m at in the story. At this point, I thought I’d add another red herring and refer back to the ‘big mystery’ thing by ending the chapter on a bit of cliffhanger.
I’ve talked about this before. I don’t think every chapter should end on a “Whaaa?” It just gets too predictable and eventually uninteresting. Like the little boy who cried wolf too many times. I can only take so much “oh my goodness” in a story. I bet you’re the same.
Thus I try to shake it up. It’s a balancing act. Adding red herrings, adding side story scenes, circling back to the plot, summarizing the clues, building suspense. I don’t know how these authors do it! (grin)
I can tell you, I’m not sure how I’m doing it. Or if I’m doing it well. I like what I’m writing (even though it’s a pain in the side right now), but whether it will hold together once the novel is complete remains to be seen.
For now, I’m just trusting my inner story teller. We all know how stories work, I need to let me creative brain just take over. With time and experience and reading more good books that ‘work’ – and writing more every day – I’m pretty sure I’ll improve my skills.
Let’s just hope this book doesn’t all apart along the journey toward that new skillset!
Realize storytelling is a balancing act. A lot of moving parts have to come together into a cohesive whole. Trust the creative side of your brain and let the story unfold. We can always learn from the process and get better when we write the next novel.
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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