3/6/2021


I wrote the roughs of the closing chapters of the work in progress today. The entire project is currently at 89,326 words.

It doesn't really feel like anything's ended though. Starting tomorrow (or possibly this afternoon if I don't manage to shut my brain down) I'm launching straight into a big enough rewrite to make what I currently have not seem like something completed. This isn't a situation where I'm going to be like, "Let me smooth this out and get beta feedback on what big things are broken." This is, "I'm missing major parts of the story and am going to go add them now." (Betas aren't even really an option since I went the way of pretending I'd made a major change 3/4 of the way through, so the ending would really just confuse them.) So it sort of makes sense that I feel like I'm still in the middle of things. Still, I'm going to insist I recognize this as the first draft of the reboot and that I think of what starts next as the second draft.

I'm trying to decide if I should make a completely new outline or just work adding scenes between what I have. I think maybe the latter makes more sense. Many of the additions are going to be entire new chapters, some replacing old chapters and others just adding to the length of things, but many of the other changes are going to be a paragraph here and a line there type of deals. I think. It's highly possible that once I start changing things the effects are going to cascade and I seriously will need more structure going forward. I guess we'll see.

I also want to make some decisions about wording. Specifically, I want to decide for sure what these people call themselves. I've been calling them fairies since Day One, later adding that the main characters are of the fairy subset elves. But I'm increasingly thinking that's probably not what they call themselves. I've been saying that they are from Faereen and with the rules of Sakahee (the language spoken by these particular people) that would make them Faeree. (Singular the same as plural.) This is feeling a little convoluted though. The humans in the story will still refer to fairies, and also to demons as they're not sure those things are different, but I can't see why the native word, which is surely just one of several on their world as there are many languages spoken there, should have anything to do with the word in English.

I do feel that I've accomplished a lot. I just don't feel like I'm done. I really am going to try to chill for the rest of the day, though.

No comments: