Well it’s 2014 and to start the New Year I’ve put upon myself a deadline. I have until he end of June to complete the polishing process of Spiritus Mundi. It’s been on hiatus for several months and now I’m coming back to it with fresh eyes. If you look at my Author’s Work page, you’ll find that I changed the book’s short pitch.
With a more focused pitch, I’m thinking all sorts of ideas for the plot which has gotten tighter, now that I’m limiting it to three POVs. Yes three. You might say that three is too much, but originally I had five POVs. Now compared to that, three is starting to sound much better doesn’t it? And it is necessary since I have plans for the 3rd POV character, the antagonist.
I’m currently working on Chapter One, “Beneath One’s Feet”,after dropping the prologue, which I may or may not use again. We shall see. And the overhaul I’m going through with the first chapter astounds me. I’m someone that likes to hold on to what I’ve originally written but I’m dropping that bad habit and besides, that’s what old files are for. If there was something in my old drafts that works well with my new drafts, I don’t have to bust my head open trying to remember it. It’s already there, saved for future reference.
Chapter One introduces the main character, Aithne, her freedom cut short and now in danger of having that freedom taken from her. It starts off with action, of the pursuer and the pursued, leading to her would be savior, another character, the second POV, Cassandra. The writing is supposed to create/demonstrate the feelings of anxiety and apprehension, but I feel that it’s a bit dry. So I’ll stop at Chapter One and start again at Chapter Twenty, which unfortunately still remains without a chapter title, sigh. It’ll come to me, it’ll come to me.
Chapter Twenty, is at the height of the upcoming battle mentioned in the new pitch and from there, the adrenaline of this chapter and the following may open up a path to fix the dryness of Chapter One. Who said writing had to be linear anyways?
PS Another bad habit I’m dropping.