Total words in novel:
People killed: 0
Mean things done to characters: The king is imposing crippling taxes on the north, which bore the brunt of the war. The Light Cavalry are Not Pleased.
About half of the words were notes about what happens in the next couple of chapters, but they'll be incorporated/overwritten in due course, so I'm counting them.
I thought the novel had hit a sticking point. I create a story out of a number of key points, and one of them was that Mark has to stage a coup and depose the king.[*] I was at that point and you know what? He was just standing there, refusing to act.
So I'm saying, "Right. Now you threaten the king with a pistol, shout a bit and have him put under house arrest." And Mark's looking at me with his eyebrows raised and an expression that says, "But why would I?"
Unfortunately, he was right. My characters are always right about what they would and wouldn't do.
After staring at the screen for a while, hoping that Mark would come up with a way round the problem, I went for a walk.
And about 15-20 minutes of brisk walking later, the ideas begin to unstick. It all hinged on what the bad guy was doing behind the scenes, which I vaguely knew, but now I know exactly what he's up to.
The coup needs just a little bit more setting up, and then the pieces should fall into place. Also Mark's not going to depose the king, not initially, he's going to put him into "protective custody". That's much more in character. Also it segues nicely into being genuine imprisonment and the story that goes around later on can make Mark appear much more calculated and brutal than he actually was. Oooo! I like it. *g*
NOVEL IN 90 counting the days:
86/ 90 (96%)
A NECESSARY EVIL: 1116 new words:
A Necessary Evil
88,430/ 110,000 (80%)
[*] Before anyone suggests that perhaps I should change the story, this is non-negotiable because book 2 is written and in book 2 he's in prison for doing this very thing.