I realized I hadn’t posted in awhile, and since I have all these thoughts swirling around in my head I’d like to share, I reckon now’s a good a time as any.
What? No, of course I’m not just procrastinating! Why would you think that?
Yeah…anyway… I did a totally fresh rewrite on chapters thirteen and fourteen, and now I’m working on chapter fifteen, which is even more totally fresh. Dad was really pleased with chapter thirteen, and I hope the rest of this revision comes out as successfully. Interestingly, it looks as though chapter fifteen is going to have to be split into two separate chapters (it’s already twenty pages long), which means I’ll have to join two other chapters together in order to maintain a total of seventy-seven chapters. See, by decree of my evil twin, the final draft of the book has to have exactly seventy-seven chapters, not including prologue and epilogue. (It’s a crazy writer thing; don’t try to understand it. Or is it just a crazy Amanda thing? Same difference, I guess.)
Fortunately, I think I’ll be in need of an extra chapter, because I’m anticipating some reduction in the climax. Certain events need to be merged together, resulting in fewer chapters; some secondary plot lines are going to be dropped, resulting in some chapters becoming null and void altogether. Of course, the ending is morphing all the time, so how can I really know one way or the other?
Speaking of which, I’ve tried to rewrite the last chapter a couple of times, but I couldn’t really finish it because I needed a special design for a medallion and I just couldn’t come up with one. The design had to reflect the characters and somehow be meaningful for the whole story. Then, just this last Tuesday, something about the warm weather inspired me and spawned a whole new plot device. I invented a national holiday called Helm Hyelt, closely related to the main character, came up with a symbol for it, and- ta-dah! Gap filled! It may morph yet, but for now I’m satisfied.
And now, back to chapter fifteen.