Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weekly Update #03

What I’ve been doing (and hope to do next)

This week I finished rewriting chapters 1 and 3 of Slowpocalypse book 2 and started in on chapter 2 (which is the first point-of-view for a certain character.)

Chapters 1 and 3 are both Kat chapters, and they might conceivably have been one (really long) chapter.  There’s a stretch of boring stuff in the middle of the action, though.  Often it makes sense to ‘fast-forward’ through that kind of thing in the middle of a chapter using narrative techniques to compress a lot of tedium into a few sentences.  (And after all, if it’s that boring you will likely skim over those bits if I don’t.)

But in this case I split it into two chapters.  Partly because it would’ve been monstrously long otherwise, even with the ‘fast-forwarding’ – but mostly because at the same time all that boring stuff is going on with Kat, interesting things are happening with other characters.  So chapter 2 occupies that gap and gets another story rolling.

As a bonus, when I reworked these chapters I found that the break between where chapter 1 ends and 3 begins works unexpectedly well.  Because God is good.

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