December 30th, 2007

View from study (sunny)

Oh, what a tangle!

I have finally worked out why the current novel just won't take off. It's because there is something seriously wrong with it. It is, in fact, not an "it" it's a "them". It's a Siamese twin of a novel. :(

I've moaned here before about the fact that I'd reached Chapter 4 and it still looked like a mainstream novel -- well that's because the novel that opens like that is a mainstream novel! I had fooled myself into believing that it was a fantasy novel, whereas in fact it's a fantasy novel plot all tangled up with a mainstream plot. There is, in fact, no significant cross over between the two and that's why it just wouldn't work. Also why I couldn't get the tone right. Though both are darkly comic, the tone and pace for the mainstream story has to be completely different to the tone required by the fantasy one.

Perhaps because my brain has had enough downtime over the holidays, it has finally realised this. I am now engaged in the delicate operation of teasing them apart. The existing cast needs reallocating to one novel or the other, more characters need taking on to give each novel a full complement of characters and I have to work out a new middle for one story and a new beginning for the other.

It also leaves me with two interesting problems:

- Can I write two novels set in an FE college or does the mainstream novel need an entirely different setting? (And if so, what?)
- Which one do I write first?
View from study (sunny)

Eowyn Challenge -- progress

Walking to Rivendell

Miles travelled today: 4¾
Miles travelled so far: 278½
Miles still to go: 179½
Percentage complete: 61%

Point reached on journey: Just about reached the camp site on the second day out from Weathertop.

Where I really went:

I did this circuit again, though I went the other way round this time. No pictures though as the light was fading even as I set out and it was pretty dark by the time I was making my way home.

Highlights of the walk:

  • Answering the mobile phone and being able to chat to my daughter as I looked out over the darkening estuary at the lights of Llanelltyd.

  • The spooky shapes of the black tree trunks in the woods beside the road as I hurried back towards lights and civilisation.

  • Current Mood
    sleepy well exercised