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Progress | On outlining and reading

So, first the outlining: I've been going through some of the guidance on Rachel Aaron's blog about 'Plotting a novel in 5 steps' (I haven't ditched the scenes I've marked out, they'll go into the scene phase, but I was having issues with the plot because there were a couple of things I hadn't thought out properly and the free-writing pre-planning bit helped surprisingly well with those issues.) Now I'm just trying to work out if this is a stand-alone or could be part of a series (not with the same characters) and if so, what is it that will tie the books together so that the idea of a series is logical and not a bolt on. But I'm happy with the progress I've made so far and I'm hoping that all ducks will be in a row for me to start chapter one at the weekend.

Reading: I am in the middle of reading 'A Discovery of Witches' by Deborah Harkness. (NB: If you go to DHs website music starts pretty much automatically.) I picked it up because, y'know, witches. (And vampires, daemons, and dreaming spires). I took it home, stuck it on a tower of books and then ignored it for a while until it floated to the top of my mental list. It got off to a slow start, so slow that within the first 2 chapters I could quite happily put it down and go off and do something else for the rest of the day, but once a second viewpoint was introduced things began to jog along more. The main character Diana is a witch, but not a kick-ass one (not so far anyway), and yet the mystery about a hidden manuscript, the death of her parents when she was a child, the origins of all 'creatures' i.e. those who aren't human, their DNA and the secrets they hold - all these things have built up to be compelling enough to keep me reading; to wish I didn't have to put the book down to go to bed/ work. I'm glad I perservered beyond those first two chapters because now I want to know how the story ends and I want to continue enjoying the journey that will take me to that ending.

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feed_your_muse
Jan. 20th, 2012 11:14 am (UTC)
You too! Planning's a pain (moreso because I know that without it everything will be a giant mess - you want to get started on the actual writing phase but you know that that plan has to come first, even if it's just a skeleton!)
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