I haven’t been writing much lately, as demonstrated by the lack of posts here and the lack of progress on Spirit. I’ve been in computer mode and also stuck on Chapter 10. I tried to do a re-boot last weekend. Except for adding a few details, like physical descriptions of my main characters, I didn’t get very far. The weekend started our the same way, until I came to Chapter 10 again. Instead of stopping there, I fleshed out an idea I’ve been thinking about for a good part of the week.
As a writer in the electronic publishing age, I’m very aware of the importance of pacing and the reader’s ability to skip chapters, if they get bored. The Prologue is fine and Chapters 1 through 9 are decent in this respect. I probably could go back and do so more refining of the first 9 chapters, but not much since I need them to establish my main characters and their relationships with each other. I have maybe 3 more important characters, including the protagonist, to introduce but that’s going to happen in the next couple of chapters. I’m not too worried about the lateness of these introductions, though, because I’ve already hinted at who they are.
I was getting bored with Chapter 10. My problem was no matter how I wrote it, it was sounding contrived or dragging the story out too long. It was going to be yet another discussion or showing of events that while a good transition in a movie did nothing for the book. Then I thought to myself, why not skip ahead two weeks to the fire in Chapter 11 and keep the ramp up of the pacing in the book going? Chapter 11 had a few faults of its own in that I was presenting the whole stable fire and rescue of the horses event of it in a cliche manner. Well, the new hybrid Chapter 10 takes care of both problems. I just need to finish writing two transitional sections and then I can publish all my changes to Leanpub. Good thing too, it’s been almost a month since I made any updates there.
I’m hoping to have this done by Sunday night, but I’m not making any promises. I have a lot of computer work to do and would really like to build up a little money / time padding in that area so I can take a few days off and indulge my creative side.