a reply to: Martin75
part II of the Tales of the Goddess, which will be called The Secret Diaries
, is coming along very slowly. I'd love to just sit down and write
more, but it's so intense and mentally draining to do that well and I don't want to make a half-assed job of it. My wife's needs have to come first,
because her time is limited and I do not want to feel too many regrets when she takes her new path.
That was not easy to write. But we have to face things and I will do my best for her to live as long and as happily as possible. She is already
beating the odds and I hope she will beat them by an absurdly long way.
Sometimes with Book II, I write notes or verbally review dialogue***, but I have to wait until we are more settled before I can get back into writing
large chunks again. But it'll happen.
"Verbally review dialogue" means that I just sit or wander around in the living room and have conversations between characters. Out loud. It would
look and sound crazy to anyone watching, because it's like I am talking to myself! But I'm not: my characters are talking and I'm listening to what
they say, how they react and how they feel
. It's how I do things at times.
Other times, I don't have to do that. I just "see" the scene (and hear it) and then write it straight out as fast as I can. It is literally like
watching a movie on a screen.
Some of the best scenes (IMHO!) in Finding the Goddess
(Book I in the series) happened that way. Including the prologue and the crucial scene
late in the book when they are all in the temple with King Khufu and Heminunu and so much ...ummmm... happens
. I wrote that whole chapter in
just a couple of hours. In fact I wrote the last five chapters in just a couple of days. It was wonderful. Truly just like watching a movie.
I am sure many writers here can relate. They will know what I mean.
But I'll give you a hint for Book II. For you and the others here who've read Book I.
I can see what the cover will look like and I've seen this for some time now. The Goddess is standing on the deck of a ship. It's stormy, it's a
windswept night and the spray is flying, and she is clinging to the mast. But she is not afraid: she is holding on to the mast because she has to. And
her two handmaidens, who are afraid, but who trust her, are clinging to her. The Goddess is looking off into the distance -- and though we don't know
what she can see, we know it's important.
And Wendy? Yes, we'll learn more about Wendy and we will hear more words and thoughts from her. I dare not say more than that now. But be assured, in
some form or another, Wendy will also be in Book II. I know how this will happen because I've seen the scenes and they are wonderful, but I must not
explain the hows and whys. I'll just say that Wendy is absolutely essential to Book II.
In any replies, I'd ask any who've read Finding the Goddess do not
to reveal any spoilers from that story.
edit on 20/2/17 by JustMike because: (no reason given)