Archive for September 7th, 2011

Final Word Count: September 6, 2011- about 1,000; 1 journal entry

I’m struggling with this month’s novel. I don’t know if I started off on the wrong foot or if my momentum was broken or what exactly is going on. All I know is that I’m setting my protagonist, Frank Edgar, up for some serious sleuthing. I’m putting him right in the middle of some explosive event but I can’t for the life of me figure out what it is. It’s a little disconcerting and more than a bit scary to b going into this blind.

I’m not quite sure what is going to happen but I suppose it’s going to be little baby steps as I work through this. I think I’ll be fine as long as I next where to go next with him but after that it’s like staring out over a cliff and all you see is sky and water. Once you’re ready to move on the path becomes clear again somehow but you can’t go too far before reaching the cliff edge again. It’s a precarious and stressful way to work but at the same time it makes it so interesting for me. There’s no chance I can get bored if the story develops as I work. I think I much prefer this to just filling in the gaps of a plot outline.

I’m 4 pages in and I have a dead uncle, femme fatale, a mystery man, a mystery business and a Girl Friday. I think I’m on the right track in regards to setting the story up. My problem is that I’m a little preoccupied (ok, a lot right now) with figuring out what the problem is that Frank is going to have to deal with. I keep thinking about “The Maltese Falcon” and jewels when that just doesn’t feel right to me. I’m not quite sure what to do with this problem. The hardest part is going to be leaving it and to let it all come together organically. Is that possible for me? I don’t know…

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