I’ve been busy trying to work on the next book. There was a delay in my progress for the past few months. I was laid up due to major surgery. Now that I feel better than I did two months ago, I’m getting back into the swing of things.
The other day, I came across this book. Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of the Story by James Scott Bell. This book is phenomenal! Oh, the brainstorming methods are the best I’ve ever come across. I’ve started a daily journal just for brainstorming. With only two days under my belt for using these methods, I think I may have almost all of my scenes thought out.
If you’re into writing, you should really check out this book.
It’s easy to understand and he does have a point with his method of the structure.
Who knows, maybe I’ll have this book written before I go back to work next week. It should be interesting.
Oh my God, I almost did that. There was this scene I’ve been working on and it sounded horrible. I sat there and stared at it and was ready to highlight and cut and destroy, but I closed the program instead. That was over a week ago. I just couldn’t bring myself to work on the manuscript anymore, except for fiddling with character sketches and plot points.
Then I began playing the what if game with the storyline. What if this happened and then that. I came up with so many ideas that I think I can make work. Though, I still didn’t open up the program. I avoided it in every way I possible could.
Tonight was the first time in over a week that I decided to give the work in progress another look, rereading what I was tempted to delete.
Don’t delete! I’m so glad I didn’t. I can work with that. I merely needed to change a few things and wala, it’s going to be do-able.
I slaved hard over those words. Taking an ax to them would have set me back in the story.
I started to do this in The Dubious Heir – slashing a scene only to see later that it was a good scene. It just needed something to perk it up. I had cut it but saved it to a word file all of its own. The word count for that scene was more than 3k words. I’m glad I held onto it.
Have you ever chopped a scene from your manuscript?
Did you regret it?
The first character to appear in Insane Desires is Beth Loyde. In order to move forward in the story, I decided to give her a little interview in hopes of learning more about her.
Beth, I hear you want to be a knight. In other words a Dame. Why in the world would you want to live a crazy, dangerous life? Don’t you know you could get killed? Beth – I’m tired of being a nobody, a commoner. I want more in life. Adventure and to see the world, that’s what I want. I don’t wish to sit at home and have babies and sew, keep house and nothing more. I need to get out into the world and be a part of it. If I’m killed in the process, then so be it.
So, you’re not doing this for status? Beth – Well, I was at first. I don’t want to marry the baker’s boy, that’s for sure. He is a nice guy and all, but I don’t desire to slave an oven for the rest of my life making bread. It would be nice if I could have someone else do all of that for me. Status and money goes hand in hand, who wouldn’t want that?
Wanting all this adventure, would you ever settle down and marry? Beth – Absolutely not! That means having children and staying home. Where is the adventure in that?
Wouldn’t you ever get tired of it? Beth – Maybe when I’m old and gray. I have many years before that will happen.
But when you’re old, who will take care of you? Beth – (silence)… I will have to cross that bridge when I get there.
So, getting back to your adventure, what do you think of Gyles Velley? Beth – (giggle)… He’s heaven. I can’t wait to learn to wrestle with him. Do you believe he would teach me? He is built like an elk and handsome as one too. I’ve seen nothing but kindness, even though I lost his horse. I thought for sure, he’d at least beat me for it.
Has he agreed to take you on as a steward? Beth – So far. I’m not too sure he likes the idea. I did lose his horse, so there must be a way I can either recover it, pay for it or replace it. I would rather retrieve the horse, replacing it may not be an option. That costs money that I don’t have.
What makes you think you have it in you to become a warrior of sorts? Do you know any other women who’ve gone before you? Beth – Oh yes! There was Tiffany Moss. She died a few years ago, mind you, but just the same, she was one of the first to pick up a sword and defend her holdfast from raiders. Then there is Vera. I just met her. I swear she can see right into your soul when she looks at you. Men fear her blade, even elven men.
Why didn’t you have her be your mentor? Beth – (silence)… I can’t say. (Blushes) She’s just, so… never mind. I’m sure I will be getting a lesson or two from her in the future. Maybe, that is if something should happen to Gyles and he isn’t around to teach me anymore.
Is there anything you would like to add, that you want your readers and followers to know? Beth – We all make mistakes. I hope they don’t hold my mistakes against me. I’m really a good girl, who wants to achieve something of myself.
That wraps things up. Stop back by for our next interview with Gyles Velley
I’m loving this story, the one I ditched my NaNoWriMo for. I’m about to begin the third chapter of Insane Desires.
Here’s the blurb that’s been cooked up for it.
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Book Cover yet to come…
By Lydia Clark
Her brother thinks she is insane because she hopes to one day be a woman of stature. So what if she is a commoner. At least she has a desire, wants and dreams which she is willing to act upon.
But she never expects to be left in charge of Gyles Velley’s steed. The knight leaves his horse in her charge without knowing that she is not a he while she poses as nothing more than a stable boy. How will she explain herself when she has to tell him his horse has gotten away?
Gyles thinks he is going insane because he is having thoughts of a different nature about the stable boy. Is he losing his mind and going insane?
Image Courtesy of Microsoft Halloween and NaNoWri Mo is right around the corner, along with the first draft of The Dubious Heir.
Fall tends to be my most productive time of the year. I don’t know why, but many times the words just seem to fall into place. I’m not sure how many edits this book will be subject to. So far, my December release deadline still sets.
I’m getting pretty excited too. Not just about the release date, but also by how this story is coming together. I was having a little bit of trouble with it in the beginning, but after I had let the story stew for a little while, I had my ah-ha moments. I love the ah-ha moments when the story line seems to fall flat and then I suddenly think up a curve ball for the characters.
I keep trying to think Game of Thrones while writing this. Not to copy the story line, just to remind myself that when writing fiction, anything can go. And the old adage – everyone wants something. That includes bad guys and good guys. My goal is to see if I can help everyone achieve or gain that which they want – or get what they deserve.
I’m not sure if that was what George Martin was doing while he was writing his series, but it seems to have worked for me.
So for now on, if the character is annoying, then consider them to have a big target on their back saying kill me…