February 17th, 2011


Writing progress

Story Title: A Necessary Evil
Words written today: about 300 in the form of plot notes
Reason for stopping: I had done 1½ hours and worked out what will happen next

It's been over a year since I did any work on The One About The War, but I poked at it today, read over the last couple of chapters I wrote (it's not as bad as I thought!) and realised why it had stuck.

Basically, I didn't know how to join the first two thirds onto the end. I knew everything up to the big battle and its immediate aftermath; I also knew exactly how the story ended, but the two didn't join. There was a gap in the plot!

I had actually written some notes that were supposed to cover that gap, but I must have known subconsciously that my solution was wrong because, as I said, the novel had stalled. Anyway, looking at it now with the benefit of a good break, I could see that I had fallen into my usual trap of making it far too convoluted. The solution is really quite simple and I don't know why I hadn't seen it before. It also is closer to my original idea, which was that Mark stages the coup almost by accident.

Anyway, I hope that it's now rolling onwards again. I really really must finish the draft this time...
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