||[Nov. 4th, 2005|08:11 pm]
Bweh, I'm having trouble with Familiar. I get the feeling the scenes are ending up more as sketches of what should happen. But I'm still moving on towards the finish. While I haven't formally cut them, I think I'm going to rip out about the last 2,000 words during editing. They have to do with travelling, and I really think I should never have brought the characters to the West Coast in the first place. So I just more or less ignored connecting the new scene and the old up strongly and started into the next plot scene. Not sending them off to the other coast introduces some other issues, like how they were able to wander around so long and why character A isn't getting more involved, but I'll work them out somehow.
Trying to decide whether to add another point of view to MiaC. It's more of an adult novel, so I should probably land at or slightly above 100,000 words if I want it to be publishable. I have a candidate, but I'm afraid that adding her would dilute from the story I'm trying to tell with the current MC. I could just leave it as one POV, but that's exceedingly rare in fantasy novels, and I'm worried about whether I can reach 100,000 with just one character. Also, having another character would allow me to flesh certain plot point out easier, because the other character would be in a much better position to collect information and draw conclusions.
The current candidate is my third idea. My first thought for another POV was probably a bad, bad idea. My second thought, while more plausible on the surface, probably would have been worse. I think it's a lousy idea to have two POV characters that spend most of the book together. You end up reliving too many of the conversations from both sides to make sure the reader has a clear idea of where the characters stand on the important issues. Maybe it's just my failing, but I'm at a loss as to how to do it well.
Of course, I used to be at a loss as to how to mix feelings, actions and dialogue together, but in MiaC, it almost seems like I'm over that. That's what makes it all the stranger that I still can't do it worth a damn in Familiar. Am I just too disconnected from the characters? Even when I was focusing 100% on Familiar, I was still having trouble with it, so I can't blame this on MiaC.
Ah, and with the most recent plot developments in MiaC, I'm thinking of renaming its working title to "Sucks to be you, Kacia!" Because, really, it does.
Oh, note. I managed to turn out my 1,000 words on Familiar in about 45 minutes, so I'm getting back up to speed on it. Go plot making me productive. Apparently I don't write filler too well.