I'm making progress on my current chapter in progress once again.
It was a struggle for a time. I felt I was sabotaging myself and I think I was anxious to finish so I was indulging in some shortcuts.
Not so fast, the chapter's main character said. He was relative new to the story, with a minor role until now. Now I was starting to see that he had a larger role than I'd believed. He helped me comprehend that there were actually five interwoven stories being shared by four main characters, each with their own point of view and unreliable interpretation of what was going on and what they wanted to happen. Now that he had the stage, he wasn't going to leave the limelight without experiencing his share of glory. Not only did I need to know who he was and his role in the story, but I was required to know where he'd come from and who his people were. Sure, he's human but he's from another world, and he landed here...let me figure it out....two million plus years ago.
That part required some investigation and research about what Earth was like two plus million years ago, leading me down all sorts of exploration about ice ages, climates, continents, fauna and flora. Once that was figured out, I needed to figure out why he'd come to Earth. I had a general idea, yes, but I needed to get more explicit...which meant I needed to understand his culture. I knew nothing about it.
So it came to be that I learned he was seven (on his planet, eleven on his new planet), a member of a clan with three siblings, one from the same mother and father, part of a colonization mission (one of twenty-five thousand people), who planned to live in five domes on their new world when things went completely askew - and why did that happen? I also needed some understanding of his ship and how they'd come all this distance....
Once all of this was learned and he felt comfortable with my understanding of his motivation and history, I was allowed to put the pedal to the metal and write like crazy. The novel currently stands at 340 pages and 110,000 words.
I've written it before and, taking a deep breath, I'll write it again, just a little bit more....
But it's such a fun trek that I'm on.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com