I’ve been focusing today on the Pirouette edit. It’s usually a grueling process, because alot of it must go (and that makes me sad), but today I had a few major revelations about Alisia (the protagonist), the series, and a possible future book.
What I am loving about this edit is that I am constantly finding little things I’d pretty much forgotten; threads that have been dangling, some hidden, some trunicated in favor of something else. Because the first draft is truly the discovery draft, I use it as a testing ground for ideas. Here, my muse can play all she wants without any fear of the consequences. Sometimes she comes up with utter crap; sometimes she hands me something genius.
So, today, while chopping out any references to one of my cut subplots, I discovered another cool thing about Alisia. A character referred to her as the “warrior of death.” Utter genius! Why? Well, she’s a necromancer, for one thing. The other is that she’s destined to become part of a very important group that is central to the series. And they are all warrior vampires. 🙂
Alisia has quite a few titles as the story goes on. This puts her in jeopardy of becoming something called a “Mary Sue” character which is basically writerspeak for “Little Miss Perfect.” And that is bad. Very bad. So I’m working on giving Alisia a few flaws, one of them that might become fatal. Well, near fatal, cuz I need her to live through this book so the series can continue.
And the future book idea? I’m definitely going to shift this cut subplot and make it the main plot of the future book. I really love how my mind works sometimes. 🙂
The indexing is coming along. I’m nearly finished with the course, at least the first read-through. I’ve done second read throughs on about half. I’m on chapter 8 of 10. After this I will be indexing a few books on my own, getting the feel of things. I’m the type of person that needs to actually do something to actually understand it. Right now, I understand the concepts, but they are more abstract. But once I dive into it feetfirst, it’ll become more clear. I’m weird like that.
The beloved and I going to see The Number 23, which I’ve been wanting to see for a long time. I think it will be really good.