Something that's been pestering me this week (when I wasn't working through both American and Chinese bureaucracy) was connecting the disjointed parts of my story.
I was on the road a lot, which meant a lot of time to contemplate my story. I made some good progress mapping out the characters and getting the time lines for both books to match up, but I'm still having difficulties deciding on what events I want to make sure I include.
I had to cut a lot of scenes from the original manuscript of The Paladin when I started cutting words. I viewed this split-book move as a way to help get some of those scenes back in, but I'm quickly figuring out that may not be for the best. Of course there's a desire to salvage good scenes I couldn't justify keeping in the older drafts, but I need to make sure I'm not just writing to reincorporate those scenes. I need to write to make the story better, not just save the vanity chapters.
With new material comes new motivations and new needs for my characters. The scenes I cut from the original manuscript were a product of their story, they fit within the confines of that narrative. I need to find a balance between bringing back those deleted scraps and writing completely new material that better fits the story I'm telling now.
So how do I find that balance? I mean, if I had that answer I don't suppose I'd be blogging about it right now, would I? There's a lot to consider and I think I really need to think about the deleted pieces as options and not mandatory. If I think there's a concept from an older draft that I can repurpose, then I should go with it. If not, I need to focus on the new stuff.
Well... that's the route I'm going to go, anyway. Hopefully it all works out.
Be Excellent to Each Other.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.