I was thinking of using that card today. Sometimes I just don’t have much to say, besides maybe, “Bah! I’m busy. Come back later!”
I’m about halfway through my edits now. The crazy thing was that the first third or so (chapter-wise) of my story had about as many words as the last two-thirds; it’s denser as far as content goes. So basically it took about 100K words (+/-) just to introduce the major characters, set-up and develop the major conflicts and bring the protagonist to the point where she’s in a position to deal with the major threat head-on.
I take this hopeless, idealist character then give her hope, only to discover there are some nefarious strings attached to the deal. She learns she’s been living a lie, and now to survive she has to play by the rules of forces much greater than she is. She becomes adept at wielding a form of magic (I call it elementalism); meets new people–some of them very influential, some of them dangerous; learns to understand the intricacies of hidden politics which only those in power know anything about; and ultimately gets involved on the world stage in ways she never thought she would.
Really? All she wanted to do was live a normal life. But that’s the kind of journey she goes on, and that’s just the half of it.
Now that she’s better equipped to understand WTH is going on around here and has been thrown into the thick of things, she encounters something which can change the entire story up to this point and is in the perfect position to be an agent of change. The force she’s been taught to perceive as the enemy suddenly seems no different from her, and it becomes difficult to carry out her mission without question. Things aren’t what they seem, and somewhere along the line she’ll have to decide what’s really worth fighting for.
Anyway, from here on out my chapters tend to be shorter and are generally told at a faster pace. Where the first half was somewhat more pensive and dedicated to the protagonist’s training and building up to the reveal of various schemes, the second half becomes more action-oriented. It’s a total shift of mood, really, and I expect it’ll propel me through the rest of my edits. (I really want to be done by the end of the year, but we’ll see.)
So it’s been slow in the coming, but that’s where I’m at.
What are you folks up to?
Reach any major milestones with your project(s)? Any successes you want to share, or even pesky roadblocks you’ve come across?