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Remember a couple of weeks back, I said that once I'd fixed a couple of things in the first half of MoulderingBook, I wanted to crack on with writing the rest, adding, "As ever, all terms and conditions are subject to change at the sniff of a writerly whim."?

Yeah, that second part.

Having fixed those couple of things over two weeks ago, I found myself still twitchy and uncertain about the story, so I've been spent the time since doing a lot of thinking about why that might be. And I've come to two main conclusions.

Firstly, the balance between the two main strands of the story isn't right. The more I've worked with one, the more I've realised I want to focus on that aspect even more, which means paring the other one right back to redress the balance.

And that led to a long thought process about which aspects of the pared-back strand I need to retain in order for the overall story to work, and how to reshape them to good effect.

The second conclusion I reached was that I haven't gone far enough down the secondary-worldbuilding road. I've said before that MoulderingBook is set in an historical time-that-never-was, with a Gothic and Steampunkish flavour, but what I've realised is that I've been hedging this aspect as I want to avoid the book becoming overly fantastical. I still do. I like my fantasy settings to have their roots firmly anchored in history, or at least in historical possibility.

So I thought some more, and from out of nowhere, the worldbuilding elements I want to work with dropped neatly into place, and opened up lots of lovely doors to possibility. It's such fun.

It all means I've got a significant amount of reworking, reordering and set-dressing to do, but I'm feeling much better about the whole thing. Much more like I'm heading in the right direction. Hurrah!

Date: 2015-04-08 08:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As I have said elsewhere... 'all manner of thing...'

First draft is a self-proclaimed clue! 'First' & 'Draft!' And to crib another quotation, from my own latest post, we first write to discover that we have to say & then we work out how to say it so it makes sense.

Onward & sideways! :)

Love in abundance

Date: 2015-04-08 08:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm definitely thinking of this as my 'Exploratory Draft' for precisely the reasons you mention. I'm thwacking my way through the undergrowth, and keep following rabbit trails to dead ends - lol!

Love you loads xxx

Date: 2015-04-08 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's a great experience when you're struck by that 'THIS is what I need for the novel'-feeling. It's strange how the mind can sometimes work these things out by itself as long as you give it enough time.

Date: 2015-04-08 12:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Absolutely. It's the main reason why I'm destined never to be able to write a fully-fleshed plot in advance of writing; there are always certain things about the story that only become clear once I'm actually writing it.

Date: 2015-04-08 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Time well spent. Good job you! And writing is so much easier when you find the right direction.

Date: 2015-04-08 02:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks :O) I'm certainly feeling very excited about the new direction I've discovered, and am looking forward to getting into some proper world-building research.

Date: 2015-04-08 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sounds like you have some great directions to pursue. Steampunk and gothic...delightful:)

Date: 2015-04-09 06:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm having a lot of fun with it, despite the to-ing and fro-ing.


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