Genesis of a Novel – Part VII – Scene by Scene

This is the next installment of a series of posts I’ve been writing, following the process of writing a novel from conception through publication and beyond.

Now I’m into the ‘meat’ of a novel. The daily slog and joy of writing each scene out. I’m a planner, and I love writing them in order that they will be in the book. Not everyone writes like that. Diana Gabaldon, for instance, has said she writes random scenes all over the timeline and then connects them. I’ve got to see my path, the winding turns, and the crossroads before I start walking. Of course, it can change.

At the moment, my wordcount is 23,253. Most of the novels in this series are around 100K to 120K words long, so this isn’t even 25% through. However, I do keep track of my progress. I have 65 scenes planned out, and I’ve done 16 of them. That means my ending wordcount as it is looks to be about 95K words.  A little on the light side, but I’ll go back and beef up some scenes with action or description later. Or I could add three scenes were one was (just did that).
I was supposed to be writing 2,000 words a weekday, and I started three weeks ago, so technically I should have 30,000 words written. However, I went to Dragoncon, so that was five days I wasn’t writing. It happens. It’s not tragic. It’s understandable. Back to the grindstone, though!
Also, new subplots might pop up. That just happened in my last scene. The main character, a 65-year old grandmother, might have a love interest. An old soldier, chief raider, cousin to her king. Of course, she’s cousin to the king as well. Most of the older folk of the clan are related in some way to the king. It’s called a derbfine, anyone who shares a grandfather to the king. It’s from the derbfine that the next king is usually chosen, not necessarily the son of the present king. That means a king has to groom his chosen successor, and still it won’t be assured. Men of the clan must choose the wisest leader.
Oh, I’m digressing down the path of historical research. Sorry! I do that a lot while writing. I get caught into a rabbit hole. Hopefully that research pays off later, but often it’s just background information I keep in mind while writing.
It is certainly possible to get so lost in the incidental research that you forget to write. Don’t let it happen too often, or you’ll never finish!
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I write historical fantasy novels, mostly set in Ireland, and a contemporary romance based on my parents’ 30-year search for true love. Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books.

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Celtic Fairies, Fables, and Folklore! Bestselling author (top #100 Amazon Canada, #1 in Paranormal Fantasy, Amazon Canada) Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon, is an author, artist and accountant. After she failed to become an airline pilot, she quit her ceaseless pursuit of careers that begin with 'A', and decided to concentrate on her writing. Since she has Project Completion Disorder, she is one of the few authors with NO unfinished novels. Christy has her hands in many crafts, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing, and photography. In real life, she's a CPA, but having grown up with art all around her (her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected her, as it were. She wants to expose the incredible beauty in this world, hidden beneath the everyday grime of familiarity and habit, and share it with others. She uses characters out of time and places infused with magic and myth. Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. She does local art and craft shows, as well as sending her art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad. Facebook: Homepage: Blog: Twitter:

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