A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO WRITING A CHAPTER: PART 5
Posted on January 7, 2014
It's about the journey and not just the destination.
I am finding this to be true with each new novel I do. The Irving Wishbutton saga plays especially to this theme so perfectly because it employs metafiction to delve into an actual character who knows he is part of a story. It's about knowing where we end up, but still following through on our path knowing that surprises still abound for each of us.
Roon and Irving are heading towards Revision Ravine. You would think that the meat of the story should be about what they do at the ravine to get Roon's brother back, but this story is turning out to be more than that.
There are many obstacles in their way as they try to get to the ravine. Each is proving to test them in different ways. I am seeing a new side to both Irving and Roon as they learn to rely on each other. Both are witnessing the other's strengths and weaknesses during this journey. Right now, I am having them face two really odd monsters called tool varmints! I can't wait for readers to see these unique monstrosities and learn more about the wild world outside of the academy.
Another aspect that is nice about this second book is that the first half or so is really about Roon and Irving. With the large cast introduced in the first book, I am enjoying being able to focus on two rather than a cast of ten. Trust me, they will be back at the academy soon enough and those subplots will move forward then, but for right now, I'm loving the plotting intimacy that is happening with Roon and Irving.
Oh, and of course, Gnarl and Lady Edith are there alongside them. They are big characters and I have to be mindful that they don't steal the show.