Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Book 12 Update

Writing is at one of those slow points. I have tried to force myself to put out words, but they form into sentences that lack wit and verve. And I don't have enough written to justify rewriting yet. Outlined Chapter 23 as the last Chapter. Now I have to figure out how to get there from Chapter 05, which is the last chapter actually drafted out. Chapter 6 is a problem because it's supposed to be very action-packed and I know how I want it to end, but I don't know how to get it there.

Also, I ran into a problem in that late in the book, a specific character has to do a specific action; the entire plot hinges on it. If I kill off a certain other character whom this pivotal character is very attached to (OK, I'm talking about Trajan Lear and Matt Driver, I don't think that's a spoiler) it makes his action easily understandable from a motivational standpoint. On the other hand, I have had a joke in mind since way back  about the time I was writing Book 04 that requires that this other character be alive. So, do I want an emotional rationale that will make a certain pivotal action understandable even though it is out-of-character, or do I want to go for the joke.

Yeah, I'll go for the joke. What else would I do?