I like what I've written through 80 pages.
Looking ahead, I'm a little more worried. I just have too many disparate elements I'm trying to throw together. This is the basic structural problem that has been there from the beginning.
I've ameliorated this problem somewhat in the first 80 pages by having a consistent viewpoint character.
It's going to be much more difficult from this point on to have Parsons be the POV.
So that is the challenge. Can I find ways without twisting myself into a pretzel of having Parson continued to be the main narrator. The longer I can do this, the more willing the reader will be when the story goes in different directions.
So that's the challenge.
That challenge also makes writing the book more fun.
One thing I learned early in writing is that when I'm stuck, it's often because I don't have the right POV. Sometimes just switching the POV is all a scene needs.
However POV only works if the character is there. So I either have to change the story so that Parsons is somehow present, or explain how is POV is still there. I have him being able to read minds, which is sort of cheap trick, then again, I am talking about Faery here, so it's not that outlandish.
But I don't want to stretch the credulity too far.
So that is the big challenge. I need to take just one chapter at a time and see what I can do. For instance, the next chapter is about Cobb meeting the guy who originally hired him to look into a murder. In this chapter, I insert how the two of them originally met.
So to keep Parsons (who is on a bus going somewhere else) as the POV, I'm going to include him in the flashback scene, before it goes the present. So it at least keeps Parsons involved to that point. So yeah, I think that will work.
Just have to keep trying to get Parsons voice in there.
2 days ago