Thoughts on writing A Haunting of Roses…
What to do is as plain as the nose on my face. At plot group I was advised to get rid of the prologue and begin at Chapter I with the murder. Okay. No problem, but now the decision is if I begin with the murder and follow with the detectives, that is, my inquisitor and his physician assistant, then the mystery follows the cosy style, although it’s more like a thriller in content. It becomes a matter of Inquisitor Mira and Physician Evara puzzling out who did it.
On the other hand I could begin with Marisandra’s dilemma—that’s the first set-up for a motive to murder. I would have to follow with other set-ups of suspects and motives: Chard Roelof maybe, certainly the Geddes situation, and Lady Elynde’s unhappy situation, and finally the true reason for the murders would come to light, that is, must be woven in so that Inquisitor Mira (and the reader) could figure it out. The focus would be more on characters than puzzle, although the murder is a puzzle, the truth would be misdirected–heh, heh.
Made it ahead of schedule! Had a number of down days when not one word was written, but my goal, which began as 25,000 for July Camp Nanowrimo, was upped to 40,000 for the rewrite. Final word count: 40,355.
It is satisfying to see the manuscript come together finally.
I rarely watch America’s Got Talent but I had the pleasure of catching this young doctor’s audition. What a beautiful voice. Smart and talented, not only was he a doctor in Family Medicine, he was gifted with a glorious voice. He passed away in a tragic car accident June 11, 2017. He was 29. Gone far too soon.
Three days in to Camp Nano, doing a rewrite and restructure of Shadow Walk, a horror novel I finished several years ago, decided to take another pass at it. Since I’m revising and restructuring a completed manuscript, I didn’t expect to write more than 10,000 new words, but I’m already at 6,438 so this morning I raised my word count target to 25,000. Taking off the 4th of July; it’s my birthday.
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