Monday, 22 July 2013

Low Reviews and Endings

Hey all,

It’s been a good week for writing. I’m nearly done editing the parts of Dreamstate II that I wanted to fix up. I ended up just taking a lot of the sections apart in their entirety. I’d copy the part that I wanted to work with into another Word document and just have at. This way, I still had the original to look over, if I wanted, but I wasn’t really burdened by having to wade through as much old content. Of course, I had to make sure that the newly written bits fit into the flow of the writing, but they did, for the most part, without any real issues.

I like when things work out—it makes life simpler.

Also, in reference to the title, I was checking out my Goodreads account today, as I haven’t for a long while. I don’t normally go onto the site unless I’m updating something specific. Most of the content is set to auto update and connect with my facebook/website/whatever. All that aside, I had a hankering to check it out. In doing so, I found my first negative(ish?) review. For the most part, I’m mentioning this because I’m surprised that it took this long for one to crop up. It’s almost a bit of a relief to have it finally happen—the tension was starting to get to me a little bit. A lot of copies of From Ash have both sold and been given out for free; honestly, I think I’m doing alright if I only have one ‘meh’ review so far.

But back to the happier side of life—I think I’ve finally figured out how to end the second Dreamstate book. I’ve always had somewhat of a semi-plan for the direction that the book is going to go in. There has been a lot of new content that I’ve put in on the way, however, and some of it has really warped the way that the plot ended up playing out. Most of the time the stuff that I end up writing about most intensely in my stories comes about pretty far along in the writing process. Most of the characters are only invented a day or two before they show up—same goes for some pretty intense moments/direction changes. If I have an idea that I like, I want to work it in—it seems like wasted brain power if I don’t figure it out. I’ve already done the hard part by inventing it, you’d think the least I could do it the grunt-work side of things to make it fit. This is a perfectly fine way of doing things (and oftentimes better than if I don’t)—I like when books grow organically and aren’t forced. The overarching plot does need to fit into the canon, though, and so the ending has to be something specific, not just a cool idea I’ve made up on the fly. I mean… unless it’s a really cool idea and it also fits perfectly with the rest of the series.
Like I was saying, I had a general idea for where it was going to go, but it seemed too… easy. Anyone reading the book would have seen it coming from a million miles away; (I’m going to be annoyingly vague so I don’t ruin anything). Now, I rather hope that no one will see the ending coming. Not to say that I’m going to throw in a random twist just for the sake of messing with everyone; I hate when people do that. I just don’t want the book to be predictable—I want things to stay interesting—not just the events in the book, but the overall direction that those events go in. If I can keep people on their toes with their interest piqued, then I’m doing my job.


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