Sometimes, LOTS of writing happens.


…at the same time!

The clone wrote 9K words on Sunday.  The tapping of keys, the music on his “writing” playlist on iTunes, the occasional odd question from my clone (“What was the color of that rock?”) about some detail of plot or character or setting… Yeah, Sunday was a very good day.  Total word count is now above 80K.

Good stuff in those nine thousand words, too.  If there’s any problem at all with these latest scenes, it’s that there could be too much good stuff unless the author is careful: plot complications and character conflicts — oh, the character conflicts, and the secrets revealed at exceedingly inconvenient moments — and the layer upon layer of worldbuilding-through-implied-history.  This is the middle book of a set of five, though [edit — he just told me that he thinks it’ll be seven — so much for tradition], a point where it makes sense to spread out and forge more interconnections, set the stage for what comes next, raise the stakes and the tension and maybe a weapon or two.

We had a conversation yesterday evening, my clone and I, about some of the backstory for certain secondary characters.  Somehow, I had never gotten around to explaining to him exactly how David Morgen and Lyra Rhys-Griffith first met, and that lack of information was creating a bit of… confusion.  Mostly because what he’d written didn’t match what I knew about these characters.  All cleared up now.  We even managed to have the conversation without me getting too upset.  The credit for that goes to my clone — I was almost non-verbal at one point, worried that he’d judge me for being so stubborn about trivia… But he understands why some details about that character matter to me; he’s just awesome that way.

We’re still not sure what we’re gonna do with LR’s ‘doppelganger,’ though.  (We’ve decided to base a minor character on our beta reader.  Serves him right, if you ask me.)  Maybe he should be a crewperson aboard the Vigilant, a new recruit for Tebrey’s team.



…And eventually, it’s gonna be like that, too, I’m sure.  One of the viewpoint characters in this novel — he has a plot thread all to himself — has been reminded a lot lately about the place where he died, and if I know my clone, there’s going to be some… fallout from that soon.  *sigh*  Can’t say I didn’t expect it.





About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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2 Responses to Sometimes, LOTS of writing happens.

  1. Now, waiting for that moment when your characters take over and tell YOU what is happening. It’s my favorite writing moment. Doesn’t necessarily mean the story is going to happen, but it means there’s a chance.

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    • I think some of the characters in this WIP don’t trust me. After all, I’m the editor, the Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (DOOM, I tell you!), so maybe they think I’ll change their dialogue or something. (And I probably will, in some cases. It’s only the first draft, so Geoffrey, for example, isn’t quite speaking in his own voice.)


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