Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Progress on the eighth Taylor & Graham book, False Step. After numerous starts and stops, I'm finally sailin' ahead. I'm on page 147 of the first draft, and it's been like pulling teeth. I think I figured out why this book's been so very difficult to write, more so than other first drafts (which are never easy). There are so many dance characters (each member of the real life sword dancing troupe I'm using for the troupe in my book has chosen a character name and will be in the book) -- twelve! I want to give each person a good scene and important info to pass to T&G, so it's been extremely difficult to think of twelve things that these folks could impart. I keep thinking...if it were reversed, if I was a character in a book, I'd be very disappointed if I was just there for a page or two and that was it. I'd want my character to be a great character or to contribute something important, etc. So I've had a few sleepless nights trying to come up with the twelve things that would fulfill my own expectations. So now that the little problem is fixed, I'm finally halfway through the first draft. And what a relief it is to be so! I will add description, dialogue, etc on the second draft but at least the hard part is over.
More later. Happy first full day of summer to you.