Well, over the course of the last twenty-four hours, I’ve somehow written 12,000 words. I have no idea how.
Ok, I lie. I do know how: I let my characters talk to each other!
I’m actually really happy with what I’ve written so far. Over the last four chapters (and 12,000 words) I’ve got everyone set up, introduced and in place. Another 5000 words will let me finish setting up and will take me to roughly halfway through the book, and then I can start on the action part of the story.
I’ve introduced a few new characters, and set up some situations that are going to be fun. There’s definitely some personalities that are going to conflict (Iilde is haughty, prickly and one of my favourites to write, particularly when she’s playing off the more mellow Obak, so I’m so glad I decided to bring them back) and some situations that are going to produce quite a lot of tension.
My current problem is that I decided a while back to kill one of my characters; it would work within the situation, demonstrates the unpredictability of flying (the early aviators pretty much all died in flying accidents…) and also lets me discuss death in the Green Sky worlds, which I haven’t really looked at before. So in general terms, it’s something I can do, and it provides extra tension and interest.
However…I have the option of two characters. From a writing point of view, I don’t want to kill either of them! And from a character point of view, I don’t know which to kill. The death of either would leave the other devastated, and change their character dramatically; but which option to go for, I don’t know. I may just leave it until I’m actually writing that section…
But anyway. I have politics, flying, maps, sailing, character tension and possibly a death to do in the next 20,000 words – wish me luck!