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Some Plot Thoughts (With Specifics!)

Just finished a great weekend with the family. Relaxation, food, good conversation – I am truly fortunate to be related to such excellent folks. But of course you only care about the posts, so here we go.

I’m at the point in my discovery writing where things start to get a little more difficult. I’m looking back at what I’ve already written, and although I think it’s entirely serviceable it’s naturally getting to be more and more difficult to fit the pieces together. As I mentioned in my previous post, some characters and minor plot arcs that I expected to have at most a minor impact in the story have started to surge forward and demand a spot in the limelight, and I feel the need to accommodate these urges.

This really is my favorite part of discovery writing, even though it’s hard: watching the characters take charge. Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, my America readers! I don’t know about you, but I am lately stuffed with turkey, ham, and carbohydrates of various sorts. It’s a good day for the ol’ red, white, and blue.

With the business surrounding the holiday and some relatives from out of town showing up, I haven’t exactly kept up the ol’ Wrimo pace, but I’m starting up again. Despite the holiday this weekend I’m planning on writing around 15K words from today until then. I’m about 4K in so far and going strong.

Let’s do some more talking about discovery writing for a few moments, shall we?

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NaNo Week Three Update

As we head into the third week and the second half of NaNoWriMo, I’m going pretty strong. In fact, I’m doing better right now than I have at any of the previous years at this point. Usually I’m floating a day or two at most over part (25,005 words today), but now I’m almost a week ahead (I’m at 36,002 right now). And this is with two zero-word days last week, and one with less than a thousand words. I’m willing to call this a triumph. Continue reading

We Enter the Home Straight

So I’m shifting into high gear. From today, we have only 121.5 hours until NaNoWriMo 2010 begins. After my nice, restful vacation, I’m reading to bust out a novel!

I didn’t get much done on vacation, which makes sense – it was a vacation. I definitely feel like it recharged my batteries, and I did manage to work past a particularly thorny plot problem, so I’m feeling pretty good about the next week. Much remains to be done, though, so let’s quickly run through it, shall we?

Planning Update

My last few posts have been devoted to more esoteric topics, but today I just want to give a brief update on where I stand with the novel’s planning and how it relates to my original schedule.

First, though, a minor note. I’ve decided on a tentative name for my novel, and even though I’m not entirely happy with it, I’m going to use it until something better spontaneously occurs to me. That title is The Atlas Question. The question, for those of you who are curious, is “what happened to the Atlas?” The most advanced spaceship every constructed, a mining platform, refinery, and expansive habitat all in one, just disappeared one day our around the asteroid belt. That’s the event that starts the story off, and thus I think it’s appropriate that it’s mentioned in the title.

If anyone else has an idea for a title based on what I’ve posted before, by all means sound off.

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A Few Words on Structure

At the heart of my novel (still untitled, by the way) is a solar-system-wide conspiracy involving local crime bosses, interplanetary hypercorps, and even the government. Obviously, if you have a conspiracy, you’re going to want to get to the bottom of it, and you’re going to want regular updates to the effect of “this goes deeper than we thought!”

So, keeping the ABCs in mind (“always be conspiring”), here’s my thoughts: the novel will be divided into approximately four sections, with each section taking place on one body in the Solar System. Each section will end with a revelation about the conspiracy, and with the characters running farther away from Earth.

I’m worried that this will end up being too mechanical, but I kind of like its metaphorical qualities. Throughout the story, the characters get further from Earth both in terms of physical distance and emotional distance. Not to mention legal distance; you don’t unearth chunks of conspiracy and stay buddy-buddy with everyone.

If anyone has thoughts about this, please don’t hesitate to sound off in the comments. In fact, don’t be afraid to leave comments at all: somebody has to be the first one and I know that at least a couple of people have seen my posts. I hereby promise a cookie to the first person (other than my wife!) to post a comment.