Then The Second Shoe
My Trusted Reader Finished the Second Tale
My poor Trusted Reader.
I so distressed her she may never read another rough story.
She wasn’t thrilled about the second story, either. After coaxing her out of her shell, we went back-and-forth over things bothering her. Truth to tell, she put her finger on several things I wasn’t sure about. And…though I’m unhappy I failed in so many ways, a million ideas on how to fix the problems have already popped into my mind.
We also chit-chatted about the first story in the series. Again, after continually reassuring her I wouldn’t bite her head off, we talked through some things I might do. For instance, she found descriptions of University life ringing true…not that I have much experience with Medieval Europe, or Universities. And I should take advantage of this stroke of luck. As to the second story, set in tunnels and caves, maybe I need to revisit a deep one and refresh my impressions.
Another topic involves HIM and HER. I want readers wondering whether they will or won’t. In my present plan, they don’t. But I need to better lay out that arc, and let it unfold slowly. And this begins with the first story.
Without boring everyone with my soul-searching, I realize that trying to pattern this series like a collection of TV episodes hampered me, forcing me into a quick-quick-bang-bang approach. And, at the moment, I possess insufficient skills for that.
So, I need to focus on a series arc, something I’d lost sight of. And I’m changing my focus to write short novels, hopefully in the 40,000 – 50,000 range.
But, which story do I fix first? The second story remains fresh in my mind but relies heavily on events in the first. And, to save the first, and raise it to a short novel size, I must add, while reusing original material where possible. In the interests of procrastination, I will spend this week exploring first story plot lines.
If you have any thoughts, feel free to drop a comment.