Yeah I have taken a couple of weeks off, sorry about that. Life does that to me sometimes. But I swear it was kind of for a good reason.
I just spent the last few days transcribing a book with the 195 stages of the Hero’s journey into spread sheet form so that I can use it as a checklist to aid with some stories I am working on, or more truthfully novels. I get to that dreaded middle part and just get stuck.
I know where I want to end, and starting them out is easy enough, but the middle is always where it seems to get bogged down. My hope is to use this new aid to help me get through that part. It can be a pain in the ass.
The dog thing is being a pain as well. he had some eye thing, so had to medicate him 2x a day for 10 days. Needless to say, he was not a fan of it. Fighting a 50 pound dog multiple times in a day is not the easiest thing to do.
Back to the writing though. The vampire thing is moving along, just hit 40,000 words, so at least that has been getting some progress. My other two are languishing in limbo though. Which is sad because one of them is book two in a trilogy. I know where the third book is going to end, but the only thing worse than the middle of a book, is the middle of the middle book. It’s like I had the huge idea and knew that 2 wouldn’t fit it all, and there was material there for a third book, but the ideas were not as fleshed out as the first and the third.
So I know what I want to do in the book, but it has been hard trying to organize it, let alone write it. I am stuck at 90 pages and the group has only been running around attacking bandits and increasing the party size. It that a thing? I guess it’s how it’s written. I see it as a good place to world build, but finding a way to do it that is entertaining, yet not taking away from the overall story and trilogy, is not as easy as one might think.
Of course I have no idea how others think about this kind of thing. I really need to do a better job of plotting. To date I outline the first half of a book at most, then I kind of wing it. But that needs to change.
In other news, I think I might have found a home for some of my other trash writing. But that is still being worked out. Stay tuned for that.
I promise I’ll toss up another chapter of the vampire book for Monday. I am also thinking of moving to a Tue/thurs posting schedule. Less content to write and less chance of me forgetting, as I usually do.