Once you are confident that your characters, plot, structure, and pacing are working, you can dig into the smaller details. At this stage, make sure that your timeline works and your setting hangs together. Create calendars and maps to keep track of when things happen and where people go. Then polish, polish, polish.
It’s a never-ending book… this month is simply focused on a line-by line reading, note-taking, redacting, revising to match errors, and tracking invented truths
It’s 82 chapters of 315,000 words of saga broken down into consumable bites both 80,000 words in length and sub-sected about 2000 per chapter (164,000 [2 units]). I’d like to come back to these (and the next two in series) in a few years and drop them into one volume with supporting short stories.
It’s what I would have loved – a 380,000 word book I could sink my teeth into when I was a kid.
Staying off Facebook for Lent has been one of the most frustrating things I’ve done…
“Our true worth does not consist in what human beings think of us. What we really are consists in what God knows us to be.”
— St. John Berchmans
How far does light travel in a year? (How far is a light year?)
10 trillion kilometers (6 trillion miles)
There are no new stories, only new ways of telling the same stories.
All human stories are about the same things: love, betrayal, greed, acceptance, etc.
These are emotional touch-points that imbue story immortality.
An ‘Epic’ story has this for multiple POV with an over-arching ‘Grande Plot’.
Protagonists need a goal, a mountain to cross.
(KL) We’re biologically designed to be egocentric. Thus survival is not a problem, it’s a given. It’s also why this conversation makes my left eye twitch:
KL: So what is your protagonist’s goal?
Writer: To survive.
KL: *face palm*
Here’s the deal. We ALL have a goal to survive. If, at the end of the day, I am not dead, I consider that a pretty good day. My genetic desire to survive is why I don’t take electrics in the bath, take up bear-baiting, or see how far I can drive backwards on a highway at 75mph. Survival isn’t interesting. Whatever threatens survival? That’s what’s interesting.
What did your character want before this event?
How is that threatened?
How will defeating the mountain get him closer to his goals?
How will being defeated by the mountain affect him?
Luke Skywalker did not have a goal of ‘survive this’, his goal was racing cars when not working on a farm. He had a far away dream of leaving his mudball and fighting for the ‘good guys’ – absolute fantasy – until his dad came looking for his sister’s droids…