So….the other day on the way home from work I stumbled across an amazing idea. Now, in case I haven’t explained my current writing predicament, let me do so. I had a story about a zombie apocalypse that I really liked, but it didn’t really work with my world or my characters. I set it aside. When I discovered my new serial killer I realized the basic points of that story would work really well with this new story idea. I took all that work and started re-writing it. This involved changing the timeline, adding in whole new plot lines, changing names, and locations for almost every part of the story. I’m still working on the timeline. This was a huge undertaking since this story has more characters than any other story I’ve written. Every time I moved a scene I had to change the dialogue of other scenes. Every time I changed the timeline, I had to go double check on all the dialogue. Every change, even a word or two, had to be checked against the over all flow, and then I had to think about it in light of my three other novels. When I started it before I only had two novels written and not as strong a feel for my world as I do now! So this is rewriting 55 pages trying to keep all the different stories together. Crazy. Happy Thought had three stories inside it. This one has eight. Eight!
I thought I was done with the first part, with the timeline adjustments, with the beginning of the story. I thought I had gotten everything lined out. My muse decided otherwise. My characters decided otherwise. My brain kicked into gear and thought of something new! OMG!!! I’ve decided that my serial killer is related to one of the main characters in the story. What does this mean??? Another rewrite. Another rewrite!!! When, oh when will I get to the next Part? Silly brain!
After I wrote that, I got started on the redo of the timline. I got it reorganized with only one more storyline to restructure, and I changed the name of my serial killer. Before he was Syrus. That gave me Syrus, Stark and Speed. One too many S names. So I changed his name to Gabriel. His brother’s name is Christian, so Christian and Gabriel Stark. Works nice, I think.
Movie Muse: Safe with Jason Statham. Watch for a blog post about this next Monday!