Last Friday I worked on changes for the fourth Wayfarer novel and came up with a splendid opening for the fifth book.
Over the last six days, I’ve been busy. Monday I had 22,000 words in the fifth novel. This was not my intention, though it was certainly a nice surprise. There are times when I’m writing that I know the story is going really well. I can’t get the words out fast enough and as I’m writing I know that every step I take is the right one. That’s how this one went. Four I struggled a little in places, rewrote some scenes, added in to the rough draft, but this one…. this one was a dream. There were nights I was mad because I had to go to sleep in order to get up for my day job.
Last night I spend an hour putzing because I was trying to think how I wanted to do a scene. I was annoyed with myself because I had written myself into this scene and there was no way around it. It was supposed to be the culmination of a plot from multiple books.
I did wha tI normally do when I’m feeling grumbly about a scene. I called one of my daughters. I rambled around the topic and the options and eventually decided on a method for handling the scene. Since I finished writing it at 12:30 last night, I don’t know how well it worked. My test readers have it and will tell me if I need to change it. I’ll read it and decide if I need to change it.
There is one scene after, maybe two little scenes, in which the two main characters are together. I went for a little funny, a little romantic, and hope that it worked well.
Now all my test readers – I’m working on a different series for the next month. No nagging for the sixth Wayfarer. It isn’t even in my head …. yet….