||[May. 26th, 2008|12:22 am]
I'm totally stuck on Familiar right now. I've been thinking and thinking about how to resolve the story problems, and my mind keeps coming back to rewriting the entire damn thing from the beginning. The primary villain isn't acting intelligently, and if he starts acting intelligently, I'm left with a fundamental problem: how do Dana and Dave find out about the Scions being eliminated?
...it's like an ancient document. It looks solid until you touch it, and then it falls to pieces right in front of you.
I think I'm going to have to suck it up and recognize that I cannot write a novel without thinking about it very carefully. I need to know what all of the characters are thinking going into each of the scenes, what they're doing during downtime, everything. I suppose that sounds exceedingly obvious, but it's a royal pain, and it's 'much easier' to just bluff your way through it. And honestly, I bet a lot of writers do just bluff their way through it... but for right now, I need the structure.
Damn it. Why does this have to be work? (<-- rhetorical question with a certain amount of self-pity)