Chapters nine and ten are finished today. I think I’m suppose to be on chapter eight, but I’ve strayed off the path and taken a longer route. At this point the monsters are revealed! Though I’m sure no one who reads this blog knows what I’m talking about… you haven’t read the novel.
Anyway, this perfectly illustrates my point about planning a series and the plotting out of books. No matter how much planning and preparation a person puts into crafting a novel, there are always those little divergences in the road. “Hey! Look! The world’s largest frying plan and its being used to cook up a giant’s portion size of beacon. We gotta see this…”
There are always character developments, surprise pieces of dialog that come out on the page when you least expect them to. Those tend to lead a writer off the set path for a while, to new aspects that enrich the story. Of course, there are those time when you write yourself into a corner and you need to write yourself a back door to walk through. Sometimes another chapter is needed in that dire situation, and creativity must be used to keep the story interesting while not dragging things along the boring interstate.
Tell next time. I’ve got a monster of a head ache– no pun intended.