This post might read as a bit rambly, but in all fairness, it usually does and I’ve rambled far harder than I do this week—enjoy!
So, apparently last weekend I had my first free From Ash day and totally forgot about it. My brain was ever so slightly still rattled from the contest, and so… yeah, I failed to mention it here. There are plenty more coming up (and soon), the next being on the 22nd and lasting all weekend. It’s my 2 day free book experiment to see if it can drive up the charts a little bit higher than just doing it one day at a time. The most recent giveaway was a success, though, so hopefully two days will be twice+ as awesome.
In other news I’ve actually been back at the writing and it’s moving along quite nicely. I’d had a bit of an issue slowing down with Dreamstate II before the contest. I think I needed a bit of a break from the book because, as I’ve said a few times, it’s being a serious pain to deal with. Everything keeps on getting longer and longer and old plot lines are getting erased and new ones being written in all the time. The book is more complicated than the first, but I don’t want it presented in a super arcane sort of way. I’d like people to be able to sit down and read what I’ve written without having to make a flow chart to figure out what exactly I’m going on about half the time. Making something complicated into a simple version of itself without losing any of those nuances that make it so fun (and complicated) is anything but simple. I’m having a good time with it now, though—a few more chapters and I should be done.
I had an epiphany the other day in regards to Dreamstate II. There is a part of the book that I’m coming up to that I hadn’t quite figured out how I would segue into. This was less than good as it was really sort of a crucial scene to the ending of the book. Something needed to happen to one of the characters to act as a bit of a turning point for everything else. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to force it all to happen, and it had been bugging me a bit before I’d stopped work on the book to do the 3 Day contest. When I came back to Dreamstate II, and read over the bit at the end to get my bearings, I immediately saw that with just a bit of reorganizing the structure of what was going on I could easily (and believably) have the character do exactly what I wanted. I didn’t need to force a single thing, I’d already set it all up, I’d just put the events in the wrong order. Taking a break gave me a bit of a new perspective on what I was doing, and I think in the long run it’s going to really improve the ending of the novel. I usually find it hard to take a break from what I’m working on—I tend to grind away at a problem until it breaks, rather than leave it alone to settle. I think having something else to do for a few days really allowed me to let go for just long enough to be useful. Now, I’m not saying that ignoring your book is going to give you all the answers, but maybe having a bit of a side project to work on for when your main book gets too crazy isn’t such a bad thing after all.
In other, other news, I’ve re-read the book that I submitted to the 3 Day Novel Contest, and I’m actually pretty happy with what I’ve done. Like I said, it’s a bit shorter than what I wrote last year, but I like the content more, I think. There are less loose ends and everything kind of works itself out. There are the obvious typos and whatnot (I didn’t really sleep that much) but the story is fun. It’s rare that I’m happy with a first draft, as I mentioned last week, but this time I am.