Undertow is my fifteenth novel, and I have no idea how to write it. But I am learning, slowly. I deceived myself for a while that it was going to be an easy, straightforward, linear book, with a strong external plot, thematic elements that were underplayed, and lots of stuff blowing up.
I am such a liar.
Today, I went through, took out all the chapter breaks, merged two scenes that I had had separated for no apparent reason because they were actually one scene chopped in half. Sometimes, things come in pieces, and I have a tendency to cut on a kicker. Which is a stylistic strength, I think; it lets the reader figure out the implications herself rather than spoon-feeding them--but sometimes characters will give me an exit line before the scene is finished. Sneaky characters.
I also cut some junk out of the former first paragraph of the novel, and I have an idea what I need to add before it.
But the problem is, I need... a hook. And I had a really, really good hook. But it came too late in the story. So I need another hook, and I haven't got it yet. Hurm.
At least I figured out how Rim is paying the froggies.
Progress! It's the opposite of congress. Yes.
Progress notes for 2 May 2006:
New Words: -34
Total Words: 19053
Deadline: August 1
Words per day to meet deadline: 890
Reason for stopping: *pondering*
Exercise: biked to the center of town, where I consumed about six hundred calories of sushi, and then biked home again, about 3.4 miles. It started pouring on the way home, of course.
Mail: Manuscripts to critique for WisCon; Galleys for "Gone to Flowers" in Eidolon I
Today's words Word don't know: n/a
Words I'm surprised Word do know: n/a
Mean Things: n/a
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: n/a
Books in progress: Wendy Moore, The Knife Man;
Interesting tidbit of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: Reviewed the GtF galleys
The glamorous life of the writer: cleaned the apartment. Though I still need to sweep, I got the creeping mail problem under control.