The title of this post is rather subtle, and so if you hadn’t yet gathered, I’ve been working on Dreamstate II a fair bit over the last couple days. I think I said that I’d been taking some time off to do the horror stuff, and that I’d be getting back to Dreamstate this week. So yes, I’ve been writing, it’s been going well, and I rather like where the new content (and edits) are taking me.
On that topic, this has probably been the longest amount of time I’ve spent writing anything ever. The book is quite lengthy—much longer than I’d anticipated when I first set out to write it. The story kept evolving, though, and so I just went with it. It would have been even longer, seeing as there have even been additional subplots that I’ve gone back to completely hack out (they were clumsy); but at this point it’s pretty streamlined. I’ve spent a fair bit of time dropping back into the earlier sections to mark up what exactly I need to change for the later edits. I never had to do this in the first Dreamstate book, and I’m not sure why. I wrote the first book very quickly (a few months), but almost everything ended up sticking around. I didn’t have to go back into the story and make big changes to plot or character development. I think a lot of it comes down to clarity and consistency—I need things to make sense, and keep making sense throughout the whole book until the conclusion. Any crack in the surface of why things are happening is just asking for the whole thing to crumble down on my head.
I possibly, at one point early in my planning process, attempted to make things a bit more complicated than they needed to be. I had a lot of ideas, and not all of them worked with one another. They were all cool, but some were cooler than others and they also worked with the central plot; I might have just jammed too much stuff in at the start. These extra ideas often ended up fading out halfway through the text (becoming less relevant) and so I’ve gone back and cut them out. My thought on the matter is that if something can be removed and you don’t even notice, then it didn’t need to be there in the first place.
Unrelated to writing, but still exciting—today I got a little email from immigration telling me that they received my work visa application (3 months later), so at least someone is alive and kicking in the office. Also, I might be allowed to keep publishing… there is a lot of conflicting information out there—a phone call to the offices might be in order.