Stories In the Dark

So for the third time this week, I’m working on Dreaming the Dead late at night, plotting out the line-per-scene. I have 47 scenes plotted so far—one nice, twisty sentence per. At 3000 words per scene (planned), that’s 141,000 words of book.

There’s a lot of stuff I’m missing, and I have a ton of great action into which I now have to go back and work a theme line—what the scene means as well as what the characters do.

And I still don’t have my ending, though I’m pretty close to hitting it.

My hero and heroine are well-represented. I’m a bit thin on getting my villains in there (always a problem).

But there’s something about sitting in bed, typing by the light of the bedside lamp (dim) and the screen that makes storytelling magical.

And I like what I’m getting.

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5 comments… add one
  • steph-osborn May 17, 2009 @ 23:52

    And that’s why I adore staying up late at night to write. It’s quiet. I can adjust the ambient lighting to match the mood. I put on music that enables me to think (usually, but not always, something classical)… and just… write…

  • Cathy May 16, 2009 @ 17:24

    I can’t write in bed. My cats walk all over my computer. When goosed by the muse, I must get up into the cold, dark night, walk over to my PC and hammer out, in so many keystrokes, what has flitted through my mind. I really wish I could go back to spiral notebooks.

  • BeccaBoo G May 15, 2009 @ 21:17

    I would have never, ever suspected that being a bit thin on your villains when plotting was a regular problem for you. Your villains are always incredibly fleshed out and they come across as people you know intimately.

  • Krista May 15, 2009 @ 10:36

    Villains are known for their contrary nature. Surely frustrating the author a bit is part of their MO! 😉

  • Bonne Friesen May 14, 2009 @ 23:47

    I love the mystic quality to your description of this process.

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