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al;sfflas! Pleased Writer Is Pleased


Exciting chapter is exciting, but also clocking in at 3500 words.
Damn you, Muse, for sucking me in again!
Is 3500 words too much for a chapter? Should I break it into pieces?

Angst, character study, derring do, unexpected twists, random carnage and chaos, and just about every character has a Moment. I think it's the best chapter yet, although I will probably see all sorts of flaws about 2 hours after posting.

Going off to be productive with real stuff  for a while. Editing tonight. I want it to be perfect.

I want to drive you all mad with Dr. Who style melodrama and cliffhangers, and we are rapidly coming to the part of the story where every single scene is a cliffhanger.

Where did all this Plottage come from?

May I please have my Poetic Muse back? She's so skilled with verbiage and characterization, sucks at plot. The Plot Muse knows how to juggle sixteen Plot Balls at once, but can't roll out a well-turned, apt phrase to save her life. I would like her and Poetic Muse to get married and produce offspring, instead of visiting me on alternate months.



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Jul. 1st, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
The answer to your first question is "oh heavens no". 3500 is perfectly acceptable as a chapter length, especially if the action is moving fast enough, which it sounds like it is.

I hear you on the alternating muses -- I have times that feel like that, too, although right now I'd be happy if Idea Muse would come for an extended visit...
Jul. 2nd, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
Aaah, and here I am two chapters behind!

In spite of what I've said before, go with your gut. I look forward to reading it, once I've caught up.

I also totally hear you on the alternating modes. :|

Jul. 3rd, 2009 06:32 am (UTC)
You gots a little more time. After peering at it some more, I've already hit the "and maybe it's not such a good chapter" stage, so I'm still pecking away at it, rewriting a section of combat to improve the pacing and (hopefully) clarity. I've got a lot of characters talking-- my baseline is dialog -- and once I add in description, it slows down the action too much.

So hard to juggle everybody. I've got the plot balls flying every which way, but it still comes down to choreography of each individual character. I am so grateful that I spent about 10-12 years GMing detailed blow-by-blow live action combat in MUSHes and other freeform writing-based mediums. I just haven't done it much the last few years.

Edited at 2009-07-03 03:36 pm (UTC)
Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
I don't mind a big chapter...
Especially since you seem to be indicating a lot of action and drama in it.

Sometimes we readers just need to be utterly overwhelmed... :P

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