It’s July! Heat’s in, fireworks have mucked with the air quality, and I’ve finally managed to get to a headspace where I’m not overwhelmed. June was good, despite being busy. I got to watch AJR in concert, which was awesome. We started the long and expensive process of orthodontic work for my daughter. My friends hosted a successful first-annual book event. I celebrated 16 years of being married. I started the long-awaited work of demolishing my defunct hot tub. It’s been productive, and with school no longer in session, I’ve had one less thing to juggle within my limited mental space.
I’ve also been writing! I’ve made decent progress on book 2, though not in word count. I get stalled out easily if I don’t know how to solve a problem, and that’s happened more than a dozen times with this book.
The latest dilemma: too many characters.
Some of you might be thinking, “that’s just now become a problem??” because you know I’ve got a TON of characters. Believe it or not, I try my best to limit how many appear in any given scene. But in this case, I need to introduce and make these characters relevant to set up events in the last quarter of the book, and I was stuck on how to do that without bogging everything down.
I figured it out.
The easiest solution to having too many characters in a scene is to remove everyone. I cackled as I told my best friend of my plan to pluck my character from his companions, providing me a great opportunity to inject these necessary characters, set things up for later in the book, then pack them away before he reunites with his companions.
Now I just need to type it.
IWSG Question of the Month – If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose?
You know, I’m not sure here. You might wonder (or not), would I live in my book world? Heck no. It’s way too dangerous! I wouldn’t subject my kids to that, and I wouldn’t choose a world without my family.
If I were 30 years younger, I might say Xanth (Piers Anthony) or Landover (Terry Brooks). But at my current stage of life, I don’t know that I could survive a fantasy world. I’m having enough trouble with the real one.
Have you made progress on any of your projects? How has summer been treating you? Did you spend any time in Xanth or Landover, like I did as a kid?