So rather than get into the total recreation of a conclusion to the first novel, I decided to plunge ahead with the first draft of the cyberpsychic story. Still no idea where I am going with it, but got the second chapter plotted out and started, which is good. Trying a new thing – mindmap on a chapter by chapter basis, seems to work reasonably well for when the mind races ahead of the pen.
Today was getting the last pictures for the OTI submission, giving it one last round of revision, and then sending it off. Now I can get back to either murders or cyberpsychics. (Not sure which yet.)
By which I mean I sourced three more pictures for my Overthinking It submission. I did also rearrange the opening a bit to lead into the premise a bit better though. Now all I need to do is track down or create a banner image and I am all set.
Not going to make a habit of this, but yesterday’s post seems to have been et by my computer, so here we go. Yesterday was finishing the first draft of an OTI pitch reading far too much into a sweary song about horses and girls. Then they got back to me asking me to write a couple of thousand words about it and wing it over, so that was today. Still need to get pictures and give it one last read before I send it, though.
Just wrote another thousand words or so to finish off the stuff I wrote on the flight back. It’s definitely the first chapter of something. Not sure what yet. Psychic powers and voodoo mixed with computer science, perhaps. Seems perfectly reasonable to me.
Scribbling yesterday and today consisted of around 3000 words scribbled during the redeye flight that ate my night. I think it’s the best stuff I’ve written in ages, but to be fair I have been awake for 23 hours or so. It’s about airports and voodoo, and will appear somewhere in some form at some point. Still not entirely sure if it’s a short story or the opening chapter of a novel.
Now with more action and confusion, and plenty of individual scenes I can lift. Also a note to have a much less cheesy final line.
Another day, another bumper, another consideration of totally redoing them all to be real quotes that aren’t tied to chemistry. I blame Fred Hoyle.
Not a lot of writing today – busy evening. Gave the mindmap a once-over and added a bumper to one chapter. Will try and do more tomorrow.
Today was going back over recently rewritten chapters and giving them one more once over before adding appropriate bumper quotes, or rather bumper pseudo-quotes. Still not sure whether to try to find genuine quotes that fit to replace them.