Welcome to the next installment of The Assassin's Table. I think you'll enjoy this chapter. Again, it did very well with the test audience.
It's been a productive couple of weeks. Most of last week was spent with a variety of note-taking and brainstorming techniques, since I'm in an interesting part of the process.
Right now I'm at a place where I really need to be thinking about the story arc. The summer, well, it was all kind of easy. I came up with scenes that led to other scenes and I was able to connect everything pretty easily. It didn't really matter that there was not a clear purpose other than keeping myself entertained with what I wrote.
But now, and remember, I'm a good 4-6 moths ahead of you in the story, I really needed the narrative to have a goal. To build to something. Right, we need a beginning a middle and an end?
So after weeks of feeling very stuck and not really able to write much, the process of just getting some sticky notes, listening to the "Mad Max: Fury Road" soundtrack over and over and just letting my imagination cut loose was first, very pleasant and second, good for the story. I wrote four chapters over the last week and well, I'm having more fun than ever with the writing. That usually means good things for you.
Then in the middle of this I realized, I had a posting today if I was going to stay on my self-imposed schedule. And I had spent the whole weekend free writing all kinds of steampunky craziness. But I owed all of you, True Believers, the next chapter.
You see, this is tricky because my job, well, it's great, but it's insane. It demands high degrees of focus, there's constant decision making with limited information, and these decisions can often change someone's life. It also requires I spend a lot of time in front of a screen, keyboarding all kinds of stuff. Oh, and frequently I have night events. Guess where I've been every night since Wednesday? Yeah, at work.
So being dedicated to his deadline came with a new challenge. Was I really going to have the energy and the grit to suck it up and get this thing keyed in by today? And well, I don't know how it happened, but it did. Which was also a major achievment in the narrative because what you read today, well, it took a lot of tinkering and revising as I keyed in the story that I had scribbled in my notebook back in August. But it got done.
I have to say, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I hope you enjoy it to.
Keep the faith!