So it doesn’t look quite as bad as I thought. The first half of chapter 10 is still usable, the second half needs rewritten completely (and it has some vital points, so it needs to stay), and I’ve a feeling that I’m going to make the novel quite a bit bleaker by doing so. Better as well though, and that’s the main thing.
You know those days when the words just come pouring out of you, and jump on to the page? The days when you curse your fingers for not moving fast enough to capture what’s dancing through your brain?
Yeah, this wasn’t one of these days. This was a day for grabbing a weak chapter, wrestling it to the ground. and beating it for a while. I think I’ll be coming back to Chapter 9 later, once I have a better idea of what to do with it. For tomorrow, I’ve got Chapter 10…which no longer makes any sense after I got rid of Chapter 1. Bah.
Just started into a chapter where I realised absolutely none of it as currently written makes any sense, between things I changed in the rewrite, and things that happen later in the book. (There’s foreshadowing there for things that never wound up happening, for starters.) I think this is where I need to pitch out some more of the B-plot complications and shenanigans I’ve been planning, but I’ve got totally the wrong characters here for that. This is going to take some work.
One note I got back from a test reader on the novel, that made me think, was that they couldn’t understand why my amateur detective had decided to investigate this murder. Simple enough to explain (just make it clearer that he was good friends with the deceased), but easy to miss if you’ve got the characters in your head and it makes sense to you why they do things.
I intended today to work on an article that might actually get published, but I spent two hours on research and wound up with even more questions to figure out. So, an hour of novel work to fill the scribbling quota. Nearly done with chapter 8/30.
Yeah, I’ve been trying to do original writing at the weekends, but it just wasn’t happening today so I just burned my way through a chapter’s worth of rewriting. Currently about a quarter of the way through by volume, but it’s the later stuff that need the most rewriting for plot. Also more fixing of garda and academic titles, naturally.
Managed to finish a chapter’s rewrites _without_ doubling it in size. And caught a few dumb mistakes in there. Good stuff.