Rewriting my plan again…again.
Over the past few days, I’ve been spending a lot of time on the plans for my novel. I’ve been having a number of ideas lately and thought that it was really about time that I started to implement them, even if my plans were already supposedly finished for about the fifth time. This time ill definitely be the last time I do this. Probably.
One thing I’ve realized recently is how helpful it is to have a notebook around when working on book plans. When I’m really stuck, it’s far easier to stare at a notepad than it is to stare at a computer screen. As soon as I have a thought, I jot it down; sooner or later, these thoughts always seem to coalesce into the solution I’m looking for. Among other things I’ve now merged two characters together who originally filled similar roles, significantly streamlined the story’s beginning and noticed then filled several outstanding plot holes.
In addition, I took the advice of Shannon Thompson and used Earth Album Alpha (not to mention google image search) in order to get some more inspiration for my scenery descriptions. For me, most of the best pictures were rural shots from Indonesia; I ended up finding some real beauties. Following on from that, I further decided to get some pictures of animals in order to better visualize and/or improve the designs of some of my fictional creatures. Giant Wetas seemed to come up a lot here.
All in all, a good few days’ work. The only problem now is that I no longer know how I’m going to end it.
Essentially,my plan is solid right up until the beginning of the third act. Just as the protagonist’s life is beginning to go back to normal, they find themselves in a fresh crisis after an earlier event comes back to bite them in a big way. One of two things can happen as a result of this crisis, neither of which is good for the protagonist, and both lead different climaxes and subsequent endings. Right now, I really can’t decide which way I’d rather play it.
After a bit of thinking, I’ve decided to give myself until Monday to come up with an answer. If I manage this, then great; if not, I’ll just start writing regardless. It is entirely possible that I’ll work out where I want the story to go long before I come to the problematic section. Of course, it is equally possible that I’ll just end up winging it. I guess I’ll just have to see.
On an unrelated note, I am now officially home for the summer. Yay!