Sunday, October 4, 2009

I've wasted my whole weekend!

Maybe 'wasted' is a bit strong, but I'm not even quite at 55,000 words on Bell-Men and I'd planned on 60,000 by now. Cam's in the bell-men's world now and she's about to meet her first real vampires, and her first bell-men vampire hunters.

It should be interesting to write, but I'm finding it hard going. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because it's forcing me to do a difficult juggling act: not only do I have to keep the main plot and subplots going, but I'm introducing a lot of new stuff that could overwhelm the story if I'm not careful. I'm introducing new characters and settings with their own subplots that have to tie into the main story. The last thing I want is a feeling of disconnect for the reader when Cam leaves her world for the bell-men's. Also, I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to end this thing--and I need to figure it out soon, since I'm into the last third of the book now.

Incidentally, I found these lines incredibly fun to write:

Melody’s not with Shadow. He thinks some vampires have taken her. What are vampires?”
“I don’t know. I’ve never heard the word.

10 comments:

Danielle Ferries said...

I pretty much did the same all weekend too. Not a single word written or edited. I need to be flogged.

Aaron Polson said...

Imagine a world in which I'd never heard the word "vampire"...wow. I wish I could crank out 55K as fast as you.

Cate Gardner said...

You are such a slow writer... ;)

Don't you wish vampires didn't already exist so that you could invent them?

Natalie L. Sin said...

Those are fun lines : )

K.C. Shaw said...

Danielle--Some weekends are just like that, I guess.

Aaron--I wish I could crank out the next ~25k even faster so I can finish and start thinking about Nano.

Cate--Man, would I be rich! I can't even imagine. Which makes me wonder what amazing invention really is waiting to be, um, invented, and I just haven't thought of it.

Natalie--Cam's definitely going to have some trouble figuring out what's going on in the next few scenes.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Sending all of my creative vibes your way (which, incidentally, isn't much). Good luck.

Carrie Harris said...

And then the next line:

"Me either. But I think they sparkle."

K.C. Shaw said...

Jamie--Thanks! I can feel the vibes kicking in already!

Carrie--So very, very tempted....

Horror Girl said...

I think Ive been reading Carrie's blog too much, because my immediate thought was also about the sparkles.

K.C. Shaw said...

You know, I just realized I do have sparkles in this book, but they're not on vampires. Fairies shed them from their wings.

This makes my book sound loathesome, doesn't it?