Twelve days since my last update. I have met my 1,000-word target a day for August and I have reached a total of 28,000 words. I cannot believe how time has gone by and I have only three days to complete the challenge. What has happened to the story during the last twelve days?
Early on, I described the Buddhist monk scene and stated that the criminal police would be investigating but not take it seriously. That element has been dropped. Instead, my sleuth is told they were informed but nothing came of it. Being Thailand, I can visualise that happening. In most cases, the village headman or Pooyaibahn is responsible for law and order in the village. He is an elected official, and changes within the last ten years, during my time living there, meant that it was a life position. I bet you can see the problems it can cause.
I am not sure I have resolved the ‘all bad guy’ scenario. Still no real saving grace in him yet so I will have to dig deep to find it. Any kindness he has offered comes with a price tag. So, maybe there isn’t one and he is ‘pure bad’. I don’t want to say evil or wicked because they imply so much more.
I have one or two or even three major scenes to write but I am developing other scenes so I can add my red herrings, clues, and suspects. Included now is a sidekick, someone the sleuth can bounce ideas off, argue with, and send to hunt for information. His role has not been fully defined yet but I am adding bits of scenes.
The initial concept is on track but I have altered the substance. My mind keeps quoting K.I.S.S. Keep it simple, silly. I do have a tendency to overcomplicate the subject.
Within the last fortnight, there were many days I wanted to stop. I wanted to think and let the story ferment rather than just write. This is a different way of working for me. I am putting the story down first. I think it was James Patterson who said not to think about the sentence just write the story. In a way, it is comforting because often I worry I will forget an idea, even though it may be jotted down in my notes, and therefore not have the threads of the story or enough of it. Okay, I’ve not totally banned editing. I’ve not pressured myself to do it to death so that is all I achieve in the day – not when it is writing time. Just the odd bits and pieces. Mind you, there are blocks of yellow highlighted text and notes where things need to alter. When I do come to focus on editing, I know scenes will be removed and changed.
A rule of thumb is to leave the finished work for as long as possible before going back to review and edit. So, September is the lying fallow period. I will concentrate on other writing and hope when I return to this piece I can see my baby with objectivity. Yeah, right. That’s the aim.