Day 83: March 23, 2017

So two chapters today it is then. I had forgotten how brutal this part of the story became. I mean, I remember what happened, but the writing — just damn. I veer into horror fairly easily. Some of my anime roots seeping through.

Today’s first chapter was a Daron chapter, and he took a vicious turn in his story. It required some rewrites to better get into his reaction to it. Still not sure it totally worked, I’ll have to look at again with a third read through. But it’s much improved.

The second was an Aubrey chapter. (Not sure why I’m specifying, because it’s always a Daron and then an Aubrey chapter. My mind is much from “real” work stuff. Argh.) She is going through her metamorphosis. But, that’s kind of the point: their stories mirror each other, at least symbolically. Is Aubrey becoming a monster? Hmm, the eye of the beholder and all that…

Don’t have much more to say beyond that. Feeling groovier today.

Words written today: 342
Total for 2017: 43,566

KINGDOM
Revision today: 2 chapters
Revision total: 33 chapters
Total words for this manuscript: 114,102 (+6,149)

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Day 81: March 21, 2017

The thing about revision is it a crazy process of iterations of iterations. I have been making good progress in revising KINGDOM. I’m up to chapter 36. (Reminder, the final manuscript will collapse the chapters by half, based on the POV cadence I will create when I compile everything. I know it’s unnecessary technical details, but whatever.)

This chapter is killing me, though. It needed serious work. I must have written over several different days because it is all over the place. I get a sense of a through-line, but on the most basic of one; and it has a cold open from where the previous chapter left off. I can deal with that, it’s actually kind of cool. But it needed some kind of grounding for why, as there is a significant emotional scene left off there. So, obviously, some significant emotional reason needs to be present here.

Anyway, as I struggled through to rewrite, first a third of it, then half, taking a break each time to think, wonder why Aubrey would do this or that, I would come back and reread the whole chapter again. Then as I did, what I had just written would need revision, and so on and so on.

Long story short, while I have been getting through at least two and sometimes seven chapters during this revision phase, I didn’t finish this chapter. It will have to continue tomorrow. I will likely obsess about it all night, thinking about Aubrey and how all this affects her, what she is going through.

Any writers reading this, it is all old news. Still, we all do this, right? Treat these characters as real people? Wonder at their emotions? Become curious if we are like gods, yanking at the strings of their lives. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. Chapters like this, though, they kill me, but in a good way. It is these kinds of days, if I’m being honest, that I truly love writing.

Words written today: 100
Total for 2017: 43,170

KINGDOM
Revision today: 0 chapters
Revision total: 35 chapters
Total words for this manuscript: 113,706 (+5,699)